deirdre_nyc (deirdre_nyc) wrote in aim_highly,

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Limiting Sugar: Where's the Information?

I recently talked about reading the book Get the Sugar Out: 501 Simple Ways to Cut the Sugar Out of Any Diet, by Ann Louise Gittleman, M.S., C.N.S.. One of the points that Gittlemen made was that in all of hoopla over low-fat and low-carb diets, no one talks about lowering the amount of sugar that is consumed in the US.

She suggested that one try to shoot for 20 to 40 grams per day. So I picked up my trusty copy of The NutriBase Nutrition Facts Desk Reference, by Dr. Art Ulene. I expected to be able to quickly find the grams of sugar in my morning banana. But it wasn't listed anywhere.

This is a very thorough book. When I was keeping a log of the calories I consumed last year, I generally found the information I wanted within its pages. So I was shocked at this gap.

Today's trip to Barnes and Noble revealed that while many books give detailed lists of components of the food we eat, I found none that listed the sugar grams.

For most foods this isn't a problem, it's on the label. But for whole foods I'd like to know.

Does anyone have a guide that has this vital information?

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