Let’s be honest – the month of October is a time when we can go overboard on sugar consumption. Pumpkin flavored lattes, breads, and even cocktails can have a spooky amount of sugar. It’s also easy to grab a few too many fun-sized chocolate bars when passing out candy to trick-or-treaters. So where should we draw the line on sugar? The American Heart Association recommends that most women consume no more than 24 grams of added sugar per day, or about 6 teaspoons, and that most men consume no more than 36 grams of added sugars per day, or about 9 teaspoons¹. Added sugars are those that are added to foods and beverages while preparing or processing, and do not include naturally occurring sugars found in fruit or milk.
Try cutting back on excess added sugars by swapping out some seasonal fall treats for a thinkThin® bar. Not only will you be reducing the amount of sugar you consume, but you’ll be getting a source of high quality protein and fiber to help keep your stomach satisfied and your hand out of the candy bowl.
- 2 chocolate peanut butter cups = 21 grams sugar (5 tsp/5 sugar packets) /5 g protein
- Swap a thinkThin® Creamy Peanut Butter High Protein Bar (0 g sugar, 20 g protein)
- 1 dark chocolate bar with almonds= 18 g sugar (4 tsp/4 sugar packets)/3 g protein
- Swap a thinkThin® Dark Chocolate Protein Nut Bar (8 g sugar, 9 g protein)
- 16 oz. pumpkin spice flavored latte = 50 grams (12 teaspoons/sugar packets)/14 g protein
- Swap a thinkThin® Pumpkin Spice Bar (5 g sugar, 10 g protein)
Nikki DeAngelis is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist for Glanbia Performance Nutrition who serves as the nutrition expert for thinkThin®.