The 2008 film “Sugar” tells the tale of a Dominican baseball player, Miguel “Sugar” Santos, who was recruited to play in the U.S. It showed how hard it was for the 19-year-old from the Dominican Republic to adjust to life in Iowa. While Sugar may have seemed to be headed for a sweet life, it was a rocky road for him.
For tens of millions of you, the taste of added sugar is just as sweet and just as rocky. The typical North American eats around 20 teaspoons of added sugar daily (320 calories), fueling everything from heart disease to obesity to cancer, and it’s hidden in everything from sauces and condiments to frozen dinners.
Finally, the Food and Drug Administration has proposed that the nutrition label on packaged foods tell you how much sugar has been poured into them! The goal accepted by the FDA is to limit your intake of added sugars to 10 percent of your daily caloric intake -- or 200 calories a day, if you eat 2,000. The American Heart Association says women should aim for 6 teaspoons (96 calories), men for 9 (144 calories). We say, aim to eliminate all added sugar from your diet!
You can bust your sugar cravings by eating slow carbs (nonstarchy veggies, 100 percent whole grains and low-sugar fruits), lean protein and healthy fat (12 walnut halves, 1/4 avocado or 10 olives) at every meal. For more details, check out the “14-Day Plan to Shut Down Your Sugar Cravings” at doctoroz.com.
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Mehmet Oz, M.D., is host of “The Dr. Oz Show,” and Mike Roizen, M.D., is chief wellness officer and chair of the Wellness Institute at Cleveland Clinic. To live your healthiest, tune into “The Dr. Oz Show” or visit sharecare.com.