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Sugar’s not-so sweet secret
Fresh Conversation Feb. 13, 11 a.m. Cresco Meal Site 268 7th Ave. W.
CRESCO - Sugar, it’s oh so sweet and tasty. And small amounts are perfectly healthy. However, there is growing evidence that added sugars, particularly fructose, are contributing to health problems.
Years ago, sugar was expensive and candies and desserts were savored on special occasions.
Today, sugar has become readily available and inexpensive. Consumers can find it in many forms including table sugar, beet sugar, high fructose corn syrup, glucose, sucrose, fructose and the list goes on. It’s added to multitudes of products because it boosts flavor at a low cost. And, it’s hidden so well that Americans are eating it in excess.
You can find sugar in whole foods and as an added ingredient. The natural sugar in milks and fruits is fine. It’s the added sugar causing health problems like obesity, fatty liver disease and diabetes. But there is good news. Cutting back or removing added sugars from your diet can cause quick improvements to your health. The recent studies reported improved glucose metabolism and reduced blood and liver fats for children and adults in less than two weeks!
Unlike salt, sugar comes packed primarily in two types of foods – sweetened beverages (soda, sweet teas, lemonades, sport and energy drinks) and desserts (items like cookies, granola bars, fruit chews and desserts).
Join a February Fresh Conversation program to learn more about added sugars. Mark your calendar for February’s Fresh Conversations program, which will be held at the Cresco Senior Center (268 7th Avenue West) on Tuesday, Feb. 13 at 11 a.m. Local facilitator, Sandy Hagen from Regional Services of Howard County will lead the conversation. Check out the congregate meal site and take part in a meal while you are there. If you are interested in a meal, contact the meal site at 563.379.9737 by 11 a.m. the day before you attend.
To compliment learning, sites will sample simple, lower sugar items including fruits, flavored beverages or lower sugar desserts. We’ll share the new food label and decipher how to find the added sugar in food items.
Staying strong and flexible helps older Americans live independently. This month we’ll practice lower leg exercises. Doing these just a few times a day can help with lower body balance, strength and prevention of blood clots.
Take 30 minutes for yourself this month and join a Fresh Conversations program for fun, fellowship and food. The program, sponsored by Northeast Iowa Area Agency on Aging, is free to attend. New members are always welcome.