The Power of Milk: Natural Sugar Versus Added Sugar

The problem with added sugar.

You’ve probably heard that obesity is reaching epidemic levels in the United States and is responsible for a host of serious medical conditions, including cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, cancer, asthma and sleep apnea. One major contributor to the rise in obesity is the consumption of added sugar — sugar that’s not naturally occurring in a food but is added during processing.

Just how much added sugar do we consume?

The average American consumes approximately 22 teaspoons of added sugar a day, which amounts to an extra 350 calories. That’s almost 18 percent of a 2,000-calorie-a-day diet just in added sugar.

Don’t forget about natural sugar!

Our bodies don’t need the carbohydrates from added sugars because natural sugars are present in a number of foods, such as fructose in fruits and vegetables, and lactose in milk. And, unlike soda or sports drinks, Hiland Dairy Milk gives you those energy-inducing carbohydrates along with muscle-building protein, bone-building calcium and a host of other important vitamins and nutrients.

So, if you needed another reason to grab a glass of cool, refreshing Hiland Dairy Milk, then its naturally occurring lactose and no added sugars is a sweet one indeed!