By Read­ing Food La­bels

Golf Today Northwest - - Nutrition - CATE RIT­TER

FO­CUS ON: SUGAR CON­TENT

Avoid the sugar shanks by aim­ing for less than 10, prefer­ably 5, grams of sugar per serv­ing. Un­for­tu­nately, pro­cessed prod­ucts contain over 40 dif­fer­ent types of re­fined sugars and ar­ti­fi­cial sweet­en­ers. Al­ways choose more nat­u­ral forms of sugar over any­thing re­fined, such as fruit over fruc­tose. Avoid any foods la­beled “low-fat” or “fat-free” as they tend to have added sugars to make up for the loss of fla­vor. Sugar-free foods are an­other bo­gey op­tion as they contain ar­ti­fi­cial sweet­en­ers that can con­trib­ute to weight gain, headaches and other symp­toms you don’t want wreck­ing your round.

BIRDIE FOOD LA­BEL

Less than 5 in­gre­di­ents listed Less than 5 grams of sugar per serv­ing Whole food in­gre­di­ents

PAR FOOD LA­BEL

Less than 10 in­gre­di­ents listed Less than 10 grams of sugar per serv­ing In­gre­di­ents you can iden­tify and pro­nounce

BO­GEY FOOD LA­BEL

More than 10 in­gre­di­ents listed More than 10 grams of sugar per serv­ing Un­known “chem­istry ex­per­i­ment” in­gre­di­ents

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