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Part of the challenge of avoiding added sugars is that we often don’t know where they lurk. Sugar-laden foods are found in places we least expect. So, what’s the healthy benchmark? Nutritionist Carol Cottrill says any food that contains more than 7 grams of sugar is closer to a dessert. Here are some healthy alternatives:
Protein/energy bars are a quick, easy snack – but they also have about 11 grams of sugar. Instead of a protein/energy bar, snack on a handful of raw almonds. Almonds have only 1 gram of sugar, and they are heart-healthy, too. Almonds also have statins, the hormones that will keep you feeling full longer.
Who doesn’t love an afternoon run to the coffee shop? Sipping on a latte is sure to give you a caffeine boost, but it’s laden with sugar. One sugary coffee drink contains about 17 grams of sugar. Instead of a sugary coffee drink trimmed with extras, drink a cappucino if you are in need of a coffee. A cappuccino contains about 9 grams of sugar.
A glass of orange juice in the morning is often considered a breakfast staple—but that one glass contains approximately 25 grams of sugar. Instead of a glass of O.J., eat a real orange. It’s just as tasty and contains only 12 grams of sugar. And you will still get all the health benefits.
Plain Greek Yogurt
Yogurt containing added fruit and sugar may taste like a healthy snack or dessert, but don’t fool yourself: One serving has at least 26 grams of sugar. Instead of yogurt with added fruits and sugar, opt for plain Greek yogurt. It’s zingy taste is definitely more healthy, as it only has 8 grams of sugar.
Vitamin water is all the rage these days, but one serving has approximately 33 grams of sugar. Instead of vitamin water, opt for regular water. It has zero grams of sugar.
Sports drinks are great to bring to the gym, but like vitamin water, they contain about 30 grams of sugar. Instead of a sports drink, drink coconut water, which only has 6 grams of sugar. Coconut water has gained a lot of attention in recent years, as celebrities everywhere seem to be touting the low-calorie, electrolyte-rich drink.
Dried fruits may taste delicious, but they are chock full of sugar, containing upwards of 29 grams. Instead of dried fruits, opt for fresh fruit, which contain a multitude of health benefits and only contain about 7 grams of sugar.
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