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Consumer Reports sugar shock

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WAUSAU (WAOW)--Sodas … candy … and cookies. They're the usual sugary suspects. But Consumer Reports says even if you don't buy a lot of these, you still could be taking in too much sugar.

   Jamie Hirsh Consumer Reports says:  "A high intake of sugar comes with some serious health risks. The American Heart Association says it increases the risk of high blood pressure and high triglyceride levels."

  So how much sugar is too much?  Jamie Hirsch says:  "You want to try to keep the added sugar to no more than six teaspoons a day for women and nine teaspoons for men, but that can be easier said than done."

  Consider how much sugar is in some supermarket staples. A half-cup serving of Prego's Traditional Italian Sauce contains the equivalent of two-and-a-half teaspoons of sugar. A six-ounce container of Dannon's All-Natural Vanilla Lowfat Yogurt contains over six teaspoons of sugar! So does a half-cup serving of Mott's Original Apple Sauce. Even a serving of Vlasic Sweet Midgets pickles has almost two teaspoons - that's just three little pickles!

   So it's important to check the nutrition label for the amount of sugar.  Jamie Hirsh recommends:"A teaspoon of sugar is equivalent to about four grams, so that can help give you a good estimate."   Also look under the ingredients. You probably recognize sucrose … glucose … and high fructose corn syrup as added sugar. But it's listed under many names, like fruit juice concentrate … malt syrup … and evaporated cane juice … to name a few.

   So be on the lookout for sugar. And when a sweet craving hits -experts suggest you  go for nutritious, healthier options like fruit or low-fat chocolate milk.

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