• By Jeff Olsen

Mayo Clinic Minute: 3 tips for controlling sugar in your diet

April 21, 2017

the word sugar written in sugar and candyEven if you pass on dessert and avoid sweet drinks, you may be consuming more sugar than you realize. That's because it’s added to many foods and beverages.

Added sugars hike calories in your food but don’t boost nutrition. And these sugars increase your chance for weight issues, vitamin deficiency and tooth decay.

The Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion's 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend that these added sugars make up no more than 10 percent of your daily calories. Recommendations about sugar consumption don't include foods with naturally occurring sugars, because those foods usually contain other beneficial nutrients.

In this Mayo Clinic Minute, dietitian Kate Zeratsky offers some do’s and don’ts for reducing sugar in your diet. Jeff Olsen reports.

Watch: The Mayo Clinic Minute

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