How to cut back on added sugar

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Many of the “healthy” foods you eat such as energy bars, fruit, and flavored yogurt contain sugar. The first step is to read labels carefully and opt for products that are lower in sugar.

The American Heart Association recommends keeping calories from added sugars under 100 calories a day (24 grams, or 6 teaspoons) for women and under 150 calories (36 grams, or 9 teaspoons) for men.

Giving up juices and soft drinks can be tough, but here are few ways to get started:

Make your own. Start with plain sparkling water or tap water. Add a flavoring that strikes your fancy. Here are a few options: an ounce or two of 100% fruit juice; a slice of lemon, lime, orange, or grapefruit; a sprig of fresh mint; a few raspberries.
No frills coffee and tea. A small dash of sugar or artificial sweetener and milk is okay, but go easy on the extras like flavored syrups and whipped cream.
Transition to “diet” beverages. Sugar–free sodas and other soft drinks can help you transition away from sugar–sweetened beverages. (HealthBeat)
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