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Good News: U.S. Consuming Less Added Sugar

Knocking out sugar-sweetened beverages makes a difference!

In the past decade, U.S. citizens cut their added sugar intake by almost 25%. Analysis of government data shows per capita consumption dropped from 100 grams per day (25 tsp.) to 77 grams (19 tsp.). That is a big drop and most can be attributed to decreased soda consumption. The Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee recommends no more than 50 grams (12 tsp.) daily of added sugar.

PositiveTip: Avoid low-nutrient foods like cookies, candy, cake and other "indulgence" foods to reduce added sugars.

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Too Much of a Sweet Thing

Americans consume an average of 23 teaspoons of added sugar a day.

Frustrated by trying to find how much sugar is in an item by reading the food label? Help may be on the way! The Center for Science in the Public Interest has petitioned the Food and Drug Administration to set limits for safe levels of added sugar and to specifically include the amount in Nutrition Facts labels. Too much sugar is a risk factor for heart disease, obesity, and tooth decay. See how easily we get too much of the sweet stuff [infographic].

PositiveTip: Put a padlock on the sugar bowl today!

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See a Carrot, Eat a Carrot!

Photos of veggies on lunch trays get kids to eat more.

Almost 37% of elementary students in Minnesota took carrots and 15% helped themselves to green beans when photos of those veggies were placed in the compartments of their trays. This was compared to 12% and 6%, respectively, when there were no pictures on the trays (P=<0.001). While vegetable consumption still remained low, this method increased consumption for a very economical cost ($3.00 per 100 trays).  

PositiveTip: If pictures help, perhaps Mom and Dad modeling enthusiastic and generous vegetable consumption will encourage the kids to eat more!


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Only 4% of Americans Eat Recommended Amount of Grains!

Do you go with the grain--whole grains, that is? You probably need to eat more!

If you are like most Americans, you are not getting enough daily grains in your diet. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends 6 servings of grains per day. Only 4% of Americans say they are eating that level according to a new poll published by the Grain Foods Foundation. This poll found the average daily grain consumption was 3.2 servings, barely half the recommended 6 servings per day. The federal guidelines recommend "make half your grains whole"--yet only 11% of total grain consumption is whole grains.