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WAY TO WELLNESS #24

Despite all that is known about the harms of sugar, the average American consumes 17 teaspoons (68 grams) a day! The American Heart Association recommends limiting the amount of added sugars you consume. So how much should we have? Whether it’s a natural sweetener or not, women and children (ages 2-18) should aim to consume no more than 6 teaspoons (or 24 grams) per day and men should limit their sugar consumption to no more than 9 teaspoons (36 grams) per day.

Today, we challenge you to pause on your sugar/sweets intake to take a good hard look at your relationship with sugar. How much do you normally consume? Do you have a realistic idea? It’s in so many of the prepared foods and beverages that we consume and comes in so many different forms, so it can be VERY difficult to rein in. You may not even fully grasp how much sugar you are consuming. Food tracking apps like My Fitness Pal and SparkPeople are great for getting a baseline on your typical day. Track everything you eat for a few days and the app will tell you EXACTLY how much sugar content it had. Give the nutrition labels on some of the snack foods you regularly eat a little check. As a point of reference, 4 grams of sugar on a nutrition label equals 1 teaspoon. How much sugar do the foods you regularly consume contain? Are you surprised?

 

What People Say About Us

Here are just a few of the many positive things our patients have to say about their the care they received at Cary Medical Center.

  1. The staff in one day surgery is absolutely amazing. I was very thankful for my team of nurses, doctors and right down to the secretary that checked me in. You all were so amazing, friendly and professional. Thank you so much!

    Desiree S.

    Desiree S.

  2. I am beyond happy with our visit at Cary! We can't thank you and your amazing staff for keeping our little boy your #1 concern. You did such an amazing job! Thank you Cary Medical Center!

    Whittni N.

    Whittni N.

  3. This hospital was exactly what a hospital should be. The took such good care of my grandmother and the display of humanity and compassion was genuine. I am forever grateful.

    Joshua S.

    Joshua S.

  4. I had my son at Cary and I couldn’t imagine being treated better anywhere. The staff were attentive, empathetic, and went above and beyond for my comfort. I wouldn’t want to give birth anywhere else.

    Emily O.

    Emily O.

  5. A big shout-out to the doctors, nurses, and staff at Cary Medical Center’s ER, Imaging, Lab, Food Service, and ACU Departments. I can’t thank you enough for the wonderful care from each of you.

    Stephanie P.

    Stephanie P.

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