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The Hunt for Hidden Sugar

How Much of the Sweet Stuff is Hiding Your Foods?


3/17/2018 9:47:53 PM

_CYNDY55_'s SparkPage
Great info, Thanks!
3/7/2018 11:53:37 AM

It's amazing the amount of sugar in fruit.
2/22/2018 7:40:41 AM

It's in almost every processed food. It adds up quickly.
2/21/2018 1:14:48 AM

Sugar is part of life. Be moderate.
2/16/2018 5:08:23 PM

WOW! No wonder there are so many health problems facing us today!
2/11/2018 3:05:40 AM

My biggest thing is that I look at foods that might have a low level of sugar listed in the nutrition label, but I need to learn what names the sweeteners come under so I can avoid those too!
2/8/2018 6:22:28 PM

Wow! I never thought of actually measuring a mound of sugar to show how much is in a can of soda. Lots of food for thought on how much we eat/drink every day.
2/8/2018 12:47:58 AM

JVANAM's SparkPage
Lack of direction, not lack of time, is the problem. We all have twenty-four hour days. ― Zig Ziglar ~ 2/8/18
2/6/2018 9:53:25 PM

MIYAMO's SparkPage
Eye opener article.
2/6/2018 8:05:54 PM

Never thought about sugar and reading labels till challenged thru SparkPeople. Thank you. I had given up condiments due to salt. Just to see since watching the sugar now was AMAZED what is in those. BBQ sauce which is a serving of 2 T. has 11g of sugar. One more gram would make a serving half sugar! This is just so wrong!
2/6/2018 5:14:20 PM

Thank you! I need constant reminders!
2/6/2018 4:35:35 PM

JWOOLMAN's SparkPage
The sugar isn't exactly hidden if it's on the label. You do need to know all the different forms if the sugar content is important to you. Calling something cane juice is not hiding the sugar- actually some people are allergic to sugar cane but not to sugar beets and react to the traces of the source in the juice or crystals, so revealing the exact source of the sweetener is very helpful.

Definitely separating sugars into added and naturally occurring will be very helpful on nutritional labels, but remember that naturally occurring sugars are still sugars. If your body has trouble with sugars in general, you still have to be careful. Combining fruits with protein often is suggested for diabetics, since that alters the absorption rate (which is helpful in diabetes). I would assume that fat may have the same effect. One more reason peanut butter is good food.... Apples and peanut butter!

You can guess the relative amount of the added sugar by looking at its position on the label. In the US, ingredients are listed in order of content. At the end of the list, they may give ingredients that are less than 2% of the total.
2/6/2018 3:05:27 PM

PWILLOW1's SparkPage
One food comes to mind that a lot of people seem to think is lo-cal but is very high in sugar. Angel food cake.
2/6/2018 1:07:04 PM

Very informative!
2/6/2018 11:37:38 AM

HOLLYM48's SparkPage
Great article!

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