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Updated Feature: Hoboken Health Corner

Over two years ago, Hoboken411 started an original regular monthly column called “Healthy Hoboken”, featuring healthy insight into various topics from a local chiropractor. Well, the series has now evolved into a new column called “Hoboken Health Corner.”

We’ll kick off the August 2010 column with a piece from Registered Dietitian (RD) Leslie Goldstein, who practices in Hoboken and North Bergen.

Watch your sugar intake!

ice cream and sugar in Hoboken NJDid you know that on average, Americans consume approximately three times the amount of recommended sugar by the American Heart Association?

How much sugar do you think Hoboken consumes each day? From the Cake Boss to Cold Stone, Washington Street alone is flooded with SUGAR!!

The recommended daily intake for women of sugar is 6 teaspoons (25 grams) and for men 9 teaspoons (37.5g). There are natural sugars in fruit, milk and yogurt and added sugars in processed foods, soda, cake and ice cream. Why do we like these foods? Because they trigger a reward center in the brain causing us to crave more and more! There is no benefit to these “empty calories” that promote weight gain, high blood pressure and high cholesterol.

It’s important to read labels to find out whether the foods you are eating have added sugars. Look for ingredients that end in “ose,” high fructose corn syrup or honey as added sources.

So since it’s still summer, let’s talk vanilla ice cream in Hoboken, and mind you, these numbers are all without any toppings! Sprinkles, Oreos, coconut and even granola are all loaded with sugar!

  • Cold Stone Creamery – small “like it” size- 28g sugar, 330 calories
  • Ben and Jerry’s – small – 20g sugar, 230 calories
  • Oyo – plain flavor, small – 14g sugar, 65 calories (but really, when it’s self serve, who knows what the serving is that most take! And Hoboken is bombarded with the self serve craze lately!)

Not an ice cream fan? How about soda, 1 can of coca cola = 30g sugar, that’s more than the recommended intake for women for one day!

Treat it like a treat; consider other options

So what is a Hoboken resident to do? I wouldn’t dare say don’t eat ice cream; BUT, reducing is a good idea. Treat it like a treat and have it on occasion (it may even taste better only once in a while!) Summer is not just for ice cream, it’s also a great season for berries, grapes, cherries and watermelon! Check out the farmers market on Tuesdays and Thursdays for great local selections!

Also, reduce your intake of processed foods that are loaded with sugar, read labels and use sugar free substitutes in coffee/tea.

Polls: Ice Cream and Yogurt in Hoboken

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About Leslie Goldstein, RD

Leslie Goldstein is a Registered Dietitian (RD) practicing in North Bergen and Hoboken, New Jersey. Leslie is an avid exerciser who combines her nutrition knowledge and passion with motivational support in counseling to help her clients make lifestyle changes. Leslie specializes in weight management, general wellness, Diabetes, bariatric surgery, hypertension and cardiovascular disease. Leslie accepts most major insurances. 8100 Kennedy Blvd. North Bergen, NJ 07047 Ph: 201-866-6770 Email: LeslieGoldsteinRD@gmail.com

Stay tuned for next month’s column!

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Friday, August 27, 2010 12:19 am

I never think of sugar as a bad thing. This was informative, but I’d like to know more about the relative weight of the detrimental factors. In other words, does over-intake have a really significant impact on blood pressure and cholesterol, as opposed to just weight gain? I always thought it was just a weight gain issue, and figured I was fine if I wasn’t piling on pounds…

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