Infographic: 5 Smart Ways to Eat Less Sugar

There are many good reasons to reduce the amount of sugar in your diet. Here’s how to do it.

Two hundred years ago, the average American ate about 2 pounds of sugar a year. The average American now consumes almost 152 pounds of sugar annually. Sugar is the most common ingredient added to foods in the U.S. It is found in places you would expect, like candy, cookies and soda. But sugar is also added to many processed foods, even if they don’t taste sweet.

Sugar has been linked to a variety of health issues, from obesity and diabetes to heart disease and cancer. Reducing the amount of added sugar in your diet is a healthy lifestyle choice. Here are 5 ways to get you started…

Infographic 5 Smart Ways to Eat Less Sugar

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3 thoughts on “Infographic: 5 Smart Ways to Eat Less Sugar”

  1. To swap out sugar for applesauce how do you do it? If it says 1 cup sugar do you use a cup of apple sauce?

    1. Hi Sylvia! Great question. Here is a good answer we found on the vitamix website (https://www.vitamix.com/us/en_us/how-to-use-applesauce-as-a-sugar-substitute):

      “Recipes for baked goods will require a bit of adjusting if they weren’t written to use applesauce, so be prepared to experiment a little. As a rough guide, start by trying a one-to-one replacement for the sugar. Depending on the recipe, and the sweetness of your applesauce, you can increase that ratio up to 1 1/2 parts applesauce for every part of sugar. Bear in mind that applesauce is a wet ingredient, and sugar is dry. For every cup of applesauce you use, you’ll need to reduce wet ingredients, such as milk, by 1/4 cup. Don’t cut the eggs, which serve other important purposes in your batter.”

      Hope that helps!

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