Sugar Can Play An Important Supporting Role in Good Nutrition

March is National Nutrition Month, a good time to emphasize the importance of energy balance and to remind everyone that the centerpieces of a healthy diet should be fruits, vegetables, whole grain, lean meats, dairy and other calcium-rich foods.

But natural sugar can play an important supporting role in maintaining good health. Sugar makes many nutritious foods taste better (whole grain bread, yogurt and cereals for example).

This is especially true for children, who can be picky eaters. Used sparingly in fruits, vegetables, grains, dairy, and other nutritious foods, sugar can assist in ensuring an overall healthy and balanced diet, as affirmed by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).

Here are a few other facts about sugar and nutrition that you might not be aware of:

– Sugar is only 15 calories per teaspoon, about the same amount you burn taking a quick shower!
– Sugar in your sugar bowl is the same as in your apple—captured by Mother Nature.
– Sugar is no more fattening than any other 15 calories. Like all carbohydrates, the body converts sugar into fuel quickly.

Happy Nutrition Month, everyone!

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