by Amber Miller, Melissa Cisneros, Cody Davis–
It’s no surprise that with a new year comes new desires to eat healthier. There is much speculation of what foods are and aren’t healthy. Often, many products claim to be healthier or “better for you” by saying high protein snack or “natural.” Yet, these claims lack evidence and support that they are in fact better for you than other foods.
Taking a deeper look at some “healthier” on-campus options show that although they seem nutritious their high-calorie count and high added sugars show otherwise. Not only that, but even other foods on the market have found themselves to sneak sugar into their products.
Sugar is continuously being added to foods every day not only for flavor, color or texture but also to keep foods fresh longer, keep jellies and jam from spoiling, and fermentation. Yet, this doesn’t take away from the fact that The American Heart Association recommends no more than 6 teaspoons or 25 grams of added sugar per day for women and 9 teaspoons or 38 grams for men.