Guideline 5 – Choose a diet moderate in sugars.
In one form or another, sugars are present in many foods. Sugars in food come from two sources:
1. naturally occurring sugar, such as the sugars in fruits and dairy products, and
2. added sugars, added for both flavor and function during preparation
Complex carbohydrates from grain products, vegetables, and fruits are broken down into sugars during digestion. To the body, all sugars look and act alike, regardless of their source. Carbohydrates, including sugars, are our body’s main source of energy. For sugars, moderation is our guideline for consuming enough but not excess, especially if our energy needs are low. Some foods with sugars supply energy, or calories but few nutrients. Both sugars and starches promote tooth decay.
To help us moderate sugars in our overall diet, read the carbohydrate information on food labels.
When I buy canned goods and other food stuff, I will always read all the nutrition information placed on the labels. Upon reading the carbohydrate portion, I am not really aware of its importance that this will gauge the degree of its sugar content. Now that I have already this information I should be vigilant enough.