Sugar, Spice, & Everything Nice

“Sugar, Spice, and Everything Nice. Those were the ingredients chosen. To create the perfect little girls.” Growing up, I loved the Powderpuff Girls such powerful feminine role models. Sure, sometimes they were silly, but they still fought evil like a boss.

Today, finally the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines were released. Hip-Hip Hooray!

Most important for general healthy individuals, I think the recommendations for limiting added sugar is most important. While limiting added sugar should be done, its also important to remember that some added sugar is acceptable. In fact, the guidelines say 10% (or less) is okay-so enjoy some added sugar. Don’t worry, I had my chocolate chip cookie today.

What is added sugar? Essentially, its sugars that are added to sweeten foods. For example:

  • Table sugar
  • Brown sugar
  • Honey
  • High Fructose Corn Syrup

Added sugar can be hiding in your diet in places such as your breakfast cereals, cookies, breads, and yogurts.

Remember the Dietary Guidelines are just recommendations, please reach out to a registered dietitian and your medical providers before making changes to your diet.


Published by

Kean Nutrition

Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Emily’s passion for nutrition began in middle school along with the interest of vegetarianism. Originally from Pennsylvania, Emily Kean earned a Nutrition and Food Science with an emphasis in Dietetics from Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, GA. Kean completed her MBA at Dominican University in River Forest, IL while simultaneously completing the requirements for a dietetic internship. In her free time, Emily enjoys running, doing yoga, and researching nutrition topics. Combining healthy eating and running is passion of mine. Join me on this journey!

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