Archive for December, 2010

Let’s talk about added sugar!

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There is no doubt that I enjoy sweets, but one must remember to enjoy sugary treats in moderation. Foods that have added sugar usually provide extra calories with little or no nutrients.  

In 2009, the American Heart Association recommended that: 

  • women should consume less than about 25 grams (100 calories) of added sugars per day
  • men should consume less than about 37.5 grams (150 calories) of added sugars  each day

The ingredients list can give you information about the type(s) of added sugar in a particular food. Nutrition labels can help you count the amount of sugar that you consume each day.

Added sugars include:

  • high fructose corn syrup
  • corn syrup or corn sweetener
  • brown sugar
  • fruit juice concentrate
  • sucrose
  • glucose
  • malt syrup
  • honey
  • agave

Consider decreasing your added sugar intake to lower your risk of:

  • obesity
  • high blood pressure
  • heart disease
  • stroke

As you decrease the amount of sugar in your diet, you can discover new, more natural flavors and better health. 

For more information visit http://www.newsroom.heart.org/index.php?s=43&item=800

Fruit and Nut Snack Bars

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I’ve been snacking on Larabars for a couple of years now. I like them because they are made with simple, tasty ingredients. For example, the Apple Pie Larabar is made of dates, almonds, unsweetened apples, walnuts, raisins and cinnamon. I buy the Apple Pie and the Cherry Pie flavors because they have less than 5 % daily value saturated fat.

Lately, I’ve discovered Pure Organic’s Chocolate Brownie bar. It’s amazing! The mixture of organic dates, walnuts, agave nectar, almonds, cashews, brown rice protein, and cocoa remind me of the Little Debbie brownies I ate as a young girl. It’s a healthy way to get your chocolate fix.

Read more healthful facts about these bars at:

http://www.larabar.com/food/larabar/apple-pie

http://www.larabar.com/food/larabar/cherry-pie

http://thepurebar.com/pure-products/our-6-flavors/chocolate/