BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – Limiting the amount of salt and sugar in your diet is a key to good health, according to Get Healthy CT, a regional wellness coalition of hospitals, including Bridgeport Hospital, health departments and other health and social service providers.
In its monthly health feature, “Skip the Salt and Sugar,” available online at www.GetHealthyCT.org, the group offers tips and resources to help achieve the proper salt and sugar balance in daily meals, including:
- Added Sugar Is Not So Sweet
- Sugar Sense
- Sugar Shocker
- Choose Health. Drink Water
- Cut Back On Your Kid’s Sweet Treats
- Why Should I Limit Sodium?
- The Salty Six
- High Sodium Foods, Ways to Reduce Sodium
- Spice Things Up
- Healthier Condiments
- Monthly Health Challenge – Jump Rope
- Monthly Recipe – Simple Corn Chowder
Most information in the packet is available in English and Spanish. Direct access is available at http://gethealthyct.org/topic-of-the-month/. An archive of previous monthly features is also available.
The American Heart Association recommends a limit of 100 calories a day (6 teaspoons) from sugar for most women and 150 calories a day (9 teaspoons) for most men. Don't forget that on nutrition labels, sugar has many other names, including fructose, glucose, dextrose, honey, molasses and maple syrup.
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