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Lighten Up 4 Life Health Tips

Did you know that, on average, Americans consume nearly 100 pounds of sugar and sweeteners each year? That's 30 teaspoons every day. As the number one source of calories in the American diet, soda and sweetened fruit drinks alone represent half of our sugar intake. Here are some simple and effective ways you can cut back on sugar consumption:

 

Swap soda for sparking water and add lemon or lime to flavor. Replacing just one 12-oz soda each day will save you 10 teaspoons of sugar.

When cooking or baking, replace sugar with spices to add flavor and zest.

Satisfy your sweet tooth with healthier options like fruit, low-sugar cereal, or yogurt with fresh fruit.

Replace ketchup with salsa whenever you can. Ketchup contains about 4 grams of sugar per teaspoon; salsa typically contains no sugar.

Skip those granola bars — most contain 11-16 grams of sugar each. Instead, choose veggies and hummus for a quick energy boost.

What are your favorite sugar swaps? Tell us here.

 

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