Sugar Shockers

Sneaky sources of sugar hidden in our favorite foods

Sneaky sources of sugar hidden in our favorite foods

Have you eliminated sugar from your morning coffee? Do you stay away from candy and donuts? You know that consuming too much sugar is bad for you, but even if you think you are doing the right things when it comes to reducing sugar, you may be missing stealthy places where sugar is lurking.

“The best way to know how much added sugar you are consuming is to check all ingredients lists and food labels,” said Dana Dougherty, M.D., family physician. “But you can’t just keep an eye out for the word ‘sugar’ in the ingredients.”

Food manufacturers hide sugar under the names corn syrup, dextrose, fructose, glucose, fruit juice concentrates, sorbitol, sucrose, sorghum, honey, cane juice, beet sugar and more.

Take a look at how much sugar is in common foods you wouldn’t necessarily think of as “sweetened,” listed on the right.

“It’s better to eat foods that are naturally sweet in their original form, like an apple or carrots, rather than artificially sweetened foods, like sugary cereal,” Dr. Dougherty said.

So how much sugar is too much? Women should not exceed more than 24 grams (6 teaspoons) — yes, that’s less than one container of yogurt! — or 100 calories a day from added sugars. Men should not exceed 36 grams (9 teaspoons) or 150 calories a day.


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