Fox News Article

5 simple ways to reduce added sugars in your diet


This article is written by Tanya Zuckerbrot on April 5th, 2016, and it was published on the Fox News website. The main point of this article is to teach the public how to reduce added sugars in your diet. Reducing added sugar in your diet is a very effective way to lose weight and stay healthy. New dietary guidelines say people should have a maximum of 10% of their daily calories be added sugar. This is about 9 teaspoons of sugar a day on an average 1400 calories a day diet. The 5 ways we can reduce our sugar intake are, sweeten plain foods yourself, trade out sweetened foods for fruit, be creative when adding flavor, know your clues, and read food labels.

Is this article reliable?

I feel that the author, Tanya Zuckerbrot is a reliable source. She is a nationally known registered dietitian and the founder of the F-factor diet, which is a diet based on fiber rich foods. “F-Factor is more than just a diet to help you lose weight and become healthier. It allows you to have a joyful, sustainable and healthy lifestyle, not a lifestyle based on deprivation and hunger, to help you become your best you.” ( F-factor website) She is also the author of two bestselling weight loss books: The F-Factor Diet: Discover the Secret to Permanent Weight Loss (2006, G.P Putnam & Sons), and The Miracle Carb Diet: Make Calories and Fat Disappear the F-Factor Way – with Fiber! (2012, Hyperion). She also has many websites, Facebook pages, and twitter pages dedicated to the F-factor diet.

In this article, Tanya states that the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics recommends reducing sugars. Although she does not specifically cite an article written by the AND, if you look this organization, you can see they are a reliable source as well.

As for the information in the article, I feel it is only somewhat reliable. The author herself makes good points, but some of the ways to reduce added sugar are opinion based such as be creative when adding flavor. Other ways to reduce added sugars include sweetening plain foods yourself, and reading food labels, which can be backed up with factual information making them reliable.