No more than 10% of a person’s daily
calories should be from added sugar.
—Government’s New Dietary Guidelines

EASY WAYS TO REDUCE ADDED SUGAR INTAKE

A lifetime of healthy eating helps prevent chronic disease like obesity, heart disease, high blood pressure, and type 2 diabetes.

added sugar vs. Natural sugar

Added Sugar
Sugar added to foods and beverages
to sweeten them add calories without contributing essential nutrients.
Natural Sugar
Naturally occurring sugars, such as those in fruit or milk. A recommended daily serving of fruit is 2 cups.

simple changes to make everyday

REPLACE SUGARY DRINKS
One 16-ounce bottle of soda
contains your entire allotted
amount of sugar for the day!
Try replacing sugary drinks
with healthy alternatives.

Quick Tip: Drink water
instead of sugary drinks.

READ LABELS
When shopping, check nutrition facts. Every 5 grams of sugar listed is equal to about a teaspoon.

Quick Tip: Check the ingredient
list for added sugars such as:
corn sweetener, high-fructose corn
syrup, sucrose, and honey.

Make SMARTER CHOICES
Replace sugar-filled cereals with high-fiber, low-sugar cereals, and trade in the muffins and donuts for healthier options, such as fruits and vegetables, low-fat and non-fat dairy, and nuts.
Sources: Denise Roma, MS, RD, CDN, CDE, a community health and diabetes educator at Montefiore Nyack Hospital and health.gov.