Finding Hidden Sugar
Two to three decades ago, manufacturers removed fat from packaged foods and to make up for the lack of taste, replaced it with sugar. Even products with fat also contain sugar. However, nutrition labels list lump together added sugar with naturally occurring sugars in the ingredients. To find sugar in the ingredients list look for honey, high fructose corn syrup, corn syrup, juice (like evaporated cane juice) and words like dextrose, fructose, glucose, and sucrose, according to experts Stephanie Clarke, R.D., and Willow Jarosh, R.D.
Sari Greaves, R.D., a spokeswoman for the American Dietetic Association says that the leading source of added sugar in one’s diet is from beverages, including smoothies. Instead, one should order whole fruit, or use little or no juice, low fat milk, plain yogurt, and ice.
Low fat and fat-free salad dressings often contain sugar instead of fattening oils. Avoid using dressings that list sugar in the first three ingredients. One can also make their own dressing with balsamic vinegar, olive oil, mustard, garlic powder, salt and pepper to taste.
Many brands of flavored yogurt have more than 25 g sugar per 6-ounce serving. One should opt for plain low fat yogurt instead, and add chopped fruit to satisfy the sweet tooth and obtain fiber and antioxidants.
Commercial pasta sauce contains a lot of sugar, so one should check the ingredients list and avoid varieties that include extra sugar. Other food products that may contain a lot of added sugar include baked beans, baked potato chips, barbecue sauce, canned soup, cereal, frozen meals, pretzels, and snack bars.
Sneaky Sugar Offenders. MSN. http://healthyliving.msn.com/diseases/diabetes/sneaky-sugar-offenders
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