At Dave’s last doctor visit he was told that he needed to start watching his sugar intake. Apparently his blood sugar level was a bit high, not enough to make him “pre-diabetic” but high enough that the doctor warned him about it. When I looked up information before, I found a government health site that recommended that you stay under 37 grams of “added sugar”. I assumed that meant sugar in things like apples didn’t count, but since I wasn’t sure I decided to look it up. As it turns out, “added sugars” are just what they sound like, they are sugars that don’t naturally occur in foods, so apples don’t count. It’s the sugars and syrups that are added to foods.
One of the biggest sources of added sugars in people’s diet tends to be beverages like soft drinks (pop or soda, depending on where you’re from). This is very true for Dave. If you’ve ever looked at our food journals, you know that Dave is a big fan of Mt. Dew he drinks at least two per day. One single 16.9 ounce bottle of Mt Dew has 65 grams of sugar in it, so that pretty much blows the “stay under 37 grams” bit. The two bottles a day is a total of 130 grams of sugar which is about three times more than he should have. Now I’m not going to tell Dave to give it up all together, I mean the man already had to give up his peanut butter cups, but I did suggest that he cut back. We’ll see how that works out. In the meantime, to maybe help make it easier, I’m going to try out different beverages to see if there is a less sugar filled substitute for Dave to replace one of those pop bottles with. But what to try? If you’re thinking diet soda is the answer, it’s not, Dave hates the stuff. Besides, I’m not sure all that artificial sweetener is any better for you. He also doesn’t like coffee, unless you count the super sweet Starbucks Frappuccino. I was thinking about trying tea, but I’m not sure that’ll work for Dave. I guess I’ll just have to look for as many options as I can find, and have him try a bunch. Wish me luck.