Friday, August 31, 2012

Let's try to make this as easy as possible...

Another little tidbit regarding sugar.

I had posted last week a giveaway we would do on one of my favorite little snacks, Pretzel Crisps.  There was a question raised about the sugar additive listed in the ingredients.

There are many great options out there for healthy snacking.  1 serving of Pretzel Crisps is a pretty good little treat in my opinion.  They are made with wheat flour, they are baked, and contain little sugar.  So the question that was raised was, "Are these legal?  They contain sugar."  The answer is yes.  We realized that we needed to put this more black & white.  So the general rule of thumb is - if 1 serving of something you are considering eating contains 2 grams of sugar or less PER SERVING, then it is legal.  I'm referring to items that have SUGAR listed in the ingredients.  If the ingredients say honey or agave or an artificial sweetener such as Stevia, then it doesn't matter how many sugar grams are in it.  The 2 grams of sugar or less rule applies to foods that have SUGAR listed as an ingredient.  Think along the lines of items that are not sweet items, like pretzels, wheat crackers, whole wheat bread, salad dressings, pasta sauces, etc.  As long as you limit yourself to 1 serving of said item PER DAY, then it is legal.  Again, this does not include sweet items.  YOU MAY NOT have a piece of chocolate as long as you are consuming 2 grams of sugar or less. Only on your free day.

And always make sure you are looking at the ingredients for white or wheat flour!  No white, and no enriched wheat (that is just processed wheat they are trying to make more like white but still sound healthy by using the word wheat).  The word "enriched" is bad. 

When you have a question about whether or not something is legal, please ask us!!  Chances are, you're not the only one!

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