Watch Out For These Sneaky Sugars
How can you be sure if supposedly healthy snacks, like an energy bar, are actually good for you? Scan the ingredients list for added sugars, and check the nutrition facts for the amount of sugar per serving. (Look out for syrups, fruit juice concentrates and anything ending in “-ose,” like fructose or maltose. They’re all sugars.) According to the American Heart Association, added sugar provides zero nutrients and too much can affect your heart health and your weight. The AHA recommends that most women limit their daily added sugar intake to no more than 24 grams (6 teaspoons), and most men have no more than 36 grams (9 teaspoons). Here’s how some typical snacks shake out:
Go natural: Looking for a sweet treat between rehearsals? Reach for a piece of fruit. The average orange has 12 grams of natural sugars, but you’ll also get your daily dose of vitamin C and about 3 grams of dietary fiber.