Added sugars should be a ‘no, no’

| March 23, 2016 | 0 Comments

Capt. William Conkright
Chief, Tripler Nutrition Outpatient Clinic

TRIPLER ARMY MEDICAL CENTER — Sugar has become an ever-present part of the standard American diet, and it’s a major contributor to weight gain, as well as various chronic diseases.

The American Heart Association (AHA) recommends men have nine teaspoons or less, and women six teaspoons or less, per day, of added sugar.

Courtesy photo Personnel should avoid adding sugar into their meals.

Courtesy photo
Personnel should avoid adding sugar into their meals.

Current nutrition fact labels do not differentiate between added versus naturally occurring sugars. However, naturally occurring sugars have less of a negative impact on health.

For example, a fresh pineapple contains naturally occurring sugar, but canned pineapple may have the naturally occurring sugar plus sugars added to the syrup/juice in the can.

Consumers should read the ingredients label to find out if a product has added sugars. Pay close attention because “sugar” is listed under other less obvious names such as high fructose corn syrup, corn syrup solids, dextrose, sucrose, and maltodextrin to name a few.

• Points of Contact

For a complete list of sugars and how to find them in products, or any other nutrition-related needs, contact the Nutrition Outpatient Clinic at (808) 433-4950.

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