Even if you shun the sugar bowl, there can be spoonfuls of added sugar hiding out in your food and drinks. Too much sugar can lead to weight gain and high blood sugar levels.
Oasis volunteers Joyce Rollins and Mary McFerson find the sugar in some common foods in this video:
Did you know?
A 12 ounce can of regular soda contains 39 grams of sugar – almost 10 teaspoons. One can is more than the daily limit recommended by the American Heart Association ( 6 teaspoons for women or 9 teaspoons for men.)
You can check the Nutrition Facts label on a packaged food item to find out how much sugar it contains. Four grams equals one teaspoon of sugar.
The Skinny on Sugar is one of a series of Oasis "Healthy Habits for Adults" classes that offer tasty, good-for you recipes, energizing activities and practical tips to stay on track with healthy eating and physical activity.
Many of the tips are published in the Oasis "Healthy Living Guide for Adults" – available to download for free.
Since July 2015, more than 3,200 adults have participated in the Healthy Habits for Adults workshops in 11 states. Evaluations show that 88 percent of participants are sure they can be more physically active and 91 percent are confident they will eat healthier.
The Healthy Living Guide and Healthy Habits for Adults classes are supported by Anthem Foundation.