Sugar sugar sugar on CTV Morning Live! How much sugar is in the food you consume daily?

On CTV Morning Live today we looked at sugar and the amounts we consume in everyday foods.

The results might surprise you.

Sugar Facts

– It is found in 80% of packaged foods

– The average North American consumes the equivalent of 19.5 teaspoons a day in added sugars

– There are no federal guidelines recommending a limit.

No more than 9 teaspoons a day for men and no more than 6 teaspoons a day for women, according to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

– Fructose, a common type of sugar, can damage your liver more than other kinds of sugar — just like too much alcohol can.

– One 12-ounce can of soda a day can increase your risk of dying of heart disease by one-third, and increase the risk of childhood obesity by 60%

There is Hope

Instead of sugar try:

-Stevia or Xyitol
-Add cinnamon or vanilla extract
-Use fruit to sweeten by adding it in pure form (not juices) into your smoothies or to your yogurt

Try this delightful Frozen Yogurt!

Ingredients:

2 frozen bananas (cut in pieces ahead of time for easy blending)
2 TBSP unsweetened vanilla almond milk
2 tsp vanilla extract

Directions:
Place all ingredients in a blender and process. This uses no sugar except for the fruit!

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Watch it here: http://ottawa.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=490660&binId=1.1164511&playlistPageNum=1

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