Holidays can mean added sugar intake

The holidays are filled with parties and celebrations, which can also mean more desserts and treats. Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Hospital Registered Dietitian Roberta Anding said seasonal indulging can lead to an increase in the amount of added sugar in our diets.

“The American Heart Association recommends no more than 100 calories of added sugar per day for women (about six teaspoons) and 150 calories of added sugar per day for men (about nine teaspoons). While you might not add this amount of sugar to your food, many foods come with the sugar already in the product,” said Anding.

Major sources of added sugars include beverages like soda, fruit punch and holiday specific treats like hot chocolate, egg nog and flavored coffee drinks.

How much added sugar is in your favorite treats? Check out our cheat sheet below.


Additional Resources

Added sugar could contribute to added holiday pounds.

Liquid calories: Knowing what’s in your drink.

The American Heart Association breaks down additional sources of added sugar.

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