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Milk Substitutes

In attempt to be as healthy as possible, people tend to turn to milk substitutes such as soymilk, almond milk, and lactose free milk. While, these substitutes often pose as a healthier alternative to regular milk, they can be filled with tons of added sugar and not sugar savvy at all.

Take a look at Silk Very Vanilla soymilk. One serving of this soymilk is one cup, and according to the nutrition facts on the back of the carton, there are 15 grams of sugar in a one cup serving of Very Vanilla soymilk. So, if you were to put 2 cups in a bowl of cereal, or just drink 2 cups of it, that’s 30 grams of sugar in one sitting. That will put you 6 grams over the recommended 24 grams, and that’s just in an alternative to regular milk.

As Voltage often talks about, salt is sugar’s sidekick, and in Very Vanilla soy milk from Silk, there is salt listed in the list of ingredients and helps to contribute to the overall sodium content of 110 mg of sodium, which is not necessarily a bad number, but just keep in mind the amount of salt in the milk substitute that you choose.

To avoid added sugar and added salt, try unsweetened soymilk or almond milk to help keep you Sugar Savvy and Fit, Fab, and Fierce.