How Much Sugar Are You Eating? (Infographic)

In America, we eat way more sugar than we should. The problem isn’t natural sugars. It’s the sugars we add to our food and beverages. Below, we show the calorie limits set by the American Heart Association for added sugars and help you calculate the calories you’re getting each time you sweeten your coffee, tea … Read More

Sweeteners: Get the Scoop

So many sweeteners — natural, artificial. Zero-calorie, low-calorie, high-calorie. What’s the best way to satisfy your sweet tooth? Below we compare natural and artificial sweeteners, and let you decide. “Sweeteners can be grouped as nutritive (containing calories) or non-nutritive (containing zero or few calories) and as natural or artificial,” explains Cleveland Clinic registered dietitian Mira … Read More

Childhood Obesity: Kids Crave Salt and Sugary Drinks (Video)

Sugary drinks are a hot topic right now in the fight against obesity — especially in New York City with its big-sugary-drink ban controversy. But as big a culprit as sugar may be, salt may play as important a role. A new Australian study finds children who eat more salty foods tend to drink more sugar-sweetened drinks. Deakin University researchers … Read More

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Enjoy Dried Fruit Benefits

Fresh fruits are a welcome addition to any diet. But they’re not always practical, especially in colder weather when the grocery-store pickings are slim. Andrea Rumschlag, RD, a registered dietitian at Cleveland Clinic, says dried fruits are a good alternative. “Maybe you’re used to eating grapes when they’re in season,” she says. “A good alternative … Read More

6 Tips for a Healthier Halloween

Want to get a real scare this Halloween? Read the labels for those mega-size bags of candy you bought. Fifteen of the most popular candy bars contain 21 grams of sugar each. That’s just below the low-end recommendation from the American Heart Association for daily sugar intake — for adults. All in one candy bar. … Read More

Diabetes and Nutrition — A Q&A With Our Expert

Today’s diabetic diet is simply a healthy diet. To help you live your best with this condition, S. Sethu Reddy, MD, of the Department of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism, answers common questions about diabetes: Q: Are overweight people more likely to get diabetes?A: Yes — but only if diabetes runs in the family. Q: Should … Read More

Eating Too Much Sugar? Tame Your Sweet Tooth

By guest expert Melissa Ohlson, MS, RD, LD Did you know that the average American consumes 22.2 teaspoons of sugar each day? That’s 335 calories with zero nutritional value. So it’s no surprise that the American Heart Association (AHA) offers guidelines urging Americans to limit their intake of added sugars — sugars or syrups added … Read More

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