It’s no surprise that the latest version of the USDA Dietary Guidelines continues to urge Americans to eat less sugar. That’s a given with “sugar” generally being extra calories without any nutritional contribution and our high obesity rates. I think the biggest push should be to dramatically reduce our intake of sweetened beverages which don’t even seem to register in our brains and bodies as “consumed calories.” Talk about empty calories!
It looks like we have another great reason to eat less sugar this year. Sugar prices are predicted to go up for European manufacturers due to bad weather, speculative hedging on supplies and stockpiling across the world. I’m guessing the sugar market in the U.S. may go through something similar. That means prices will probably go up for you and me at the supermarket when buying products containing sugar. Yet another reason to think twice before buying processed food.
Suggestion: Save money by baking your own muffins, cakes and cookies. This way you can use less sugar (you can usually cut the sugar by a third from the original recipe), switch to using at least half whole-wheat flour, and switch to using smarter cooking fats (like canola oil).
Think of it as a relaxing activity that you can do in the evening. In addition to your health, your wallet may be better for it!
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