Steer Clear of Added Sugars
Great! So choosing fresh veggies is beginning to make nutritional sense. But what about fruit? Well, fresh fruit is free of most added sugars — unlike many frozen or canned varieties. According to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, added sugars are being consumed far too often and in way too large amounts to be healthful. They assert, “Reducing the consumption […] of added sugars will lower the calorie content of the diet, with- out compromising its nutrient adequacy.”
So what do added sugars have to do with choosing fresh fruit more often than canned or frozen options? It turns out that quite a bit of added sugars can sneak into the latter elements. For example, one cup of sliced peaches in heavy syrup is loaded with 46 grams of sugar. An actual peach has only 13 grams of sugar.