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Cut Back on Added Sugars

Cut Back on Added Sugars

Work toward making every bite count by decreasing added sugars. Choose foods and beverages with less added sugars (or none at all) to increase nutrient density.


Think about your drinks

Balance your meal by drinking water instead of sugary drinks like soda, lemonade, or sports drinks. Try some sparkling water with a lemon wedge or a small piece of fresh fruit.

Enjoy a sprinkle or two

Skip the sugar and top your coffee with a dash of cinnamon, nutmeg, or cocoa powder instead. This adds a little variety to the flavor of your coffee.

Satisfy your sweet tooth

Indulge in a naturally sweet dessert – fruit! Enjoy a fresh fruit salad, baked apples with cinnamon, or a piece of fruit right out of the fridge.

Split the sweets

Share dessert with a friend. Half a pastry or slice of cake means only half the added sugars (and calories) for each of you.

Pick lower-sugar options

Choose packaged foods that have less or no added sugars such as plain yogurt, unsweetened applesauce, or canned fruit packed in its own juice or water.

Check the label

Added sugars are now prominently displayed on the Nutrition Facts label of packaged foods. Use this information to compare added sugars on similar products.

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