Whole Grain vs. Sweetened Cereal

Whole Grain vs. Sweetened Cereal

Angie Placeres, Registered Dietitian with Baptist Health South Florida, explains sugar-laden cereal is not about bad food, you only have to look at how many you are having of the sugar-laden sweets. She also says chips are high in fat and many times we do not eat one serving. She recommends making your own at […]

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Fruit Juice: Good or Bad for Kids?

Fruit Juice: Good or Bad for Kids?

Lucette Talamas, Registered Dietitian with Baptist Health South Florida, affirms juice is actually not necessary as way to get fruits intake. She explains it is better to take the whole real fruits instead of juice or pulp. The whole fruit has the fiber that juice doesn’t have. Registered Dietitian adds the serving size recommended for […]

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Sugar: The Sweet Danger

Sugar: The Sweet Danger

Natalie Castro, Registered Dietitian with Baptist Health South Florida, explains sugar stimulates our pleasure responses and our reward responses in our brain. “We have done PET scans and looked at brain activity when we are having sugar, and it responds just the same way as alcohol and cocaine or drugs.” About sweets, she says the […]

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Food with Added Sugar

Food with Added Sugar

Natalie Castro, Registered Dietitian with Baptist Health South Florida, says the only way to know if you have made a good choice buying food is by reading the label. With the label you will be able to tell whether it is just sugar or added sugar. She says, for example, a cereal box that has […]

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Alcohol and Sugars

Alcohol and Sugars

Natalie Castro, Registered Dietitian with Baptist Health South Florida, explains the natural sugars in the grapes is what makes the wine and makes the fermentation process to create alcohol. “There is going to be natural sugar in there, just as if you were taking a cup of juice.” She says it is just about regulating […]

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Daily Sugar Intake for Children

Daily Sugar Intake for Children

Amy Kimberlain, Registered Dietitian with Baptist Health South Florida, recommends the child to be eating with a family member at least once a day, because it has benefits such as better improvement in school, stronger family relationships, and a healthy eating. The American Heart Association says kids age 2-18 should have less than 25 grams […]

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Types of Sugar

Types of Sugar

Dextrose, maltose, glucose, fructose, corn sweetener, honey, corn syrup, sucrose, sorbitol, lactose, syrup, and molasses are some of the types of sugar. Dr. Deepa Sharma, Family Medicine Physician with Baptist Health Primary Care, says if you want to be very careful about how much sugar you are having, and in the journey to try to […]

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USA: Sugar Consumption

USA: Sugar Consumption

Dr. Deepa Sharma, Family Medicine Physician with Baptist Health Primary Care, says it is recommended that people have about six teaspoons of sugar a day, but studies are showing that the average Americans have 20 to 22 teaspoons of sugar per day. Most of the sugar comes from soft drinks, baked goods, fruit drinks, tea, […]

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Benefits of Stevia

Benefits of Stevia

Natalie Castro, Registered Dietitian with Baptist Health South Florida, explains stevia is a natural form of a sweetener and says it will sweeten the food without giving us extra calories. “One of the downfalls of stevia is the aftertaste it has; a lot of people don’t like it. It is a little overpowering.”

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