Hidden Sugar, Do You Know Where it is Hiding?

5 years ago
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Many of you have been working hard to improve your diet and overall health. You are eating more fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean protein sources. Something that still may be detrimental to your health is the amount of sugar you are unknowingly consuming. Products with sugar clearly labeled are easy to assess. But what about products with words such as dextrose and maltose? Have you made yourself familiar with the words that signal sugar? If not, here is a list to keep with you or memorize.

 

Look for: Dextrose, glucose, maltose, sucrose, molasses, malt syrup, fruit-juice concentrate, beet sugar, corn syrup, high-fructose corn syrup and evaporated cane juice.

 

One of the first things you can do is eliminate products that list any type of sugar as one of its main ingredients. Check your labels closely. Look at packaged and prepared foods carefully.

 

Check out: flavored yogurts, flavored oatmeals, cereals, canned fruits, frozen waffles, flavored coffee drinks, sports drinks, ketchups, salad dressings, barbeque sauces and jellies.

 

The National Cancer Institute states that Americans are consuming more than 20 teaspoons of added sugar a day. That’s almost 4 times the American Heart Association’s recommended 6 teaspoons. Added sugar has been associated with increased risks of high blood pressure and high triglyceride levels, as well as many diseases. Take it to the next level. Weed out the hidden sources of sugar in your daily diet. Don’t let sugar affect your health.

Be the Path!

 

 

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