One of the biggest offenders in our diets is an abundance of added sugars. (Find out how much sugar is too much here
.) But until an “added sugars” category makes its debut on the
Nutrition Facts Panel (the FDA has started to explore the possibility with a consumer study), it’s challenging to know just
how much added sugar is lurking in your favorite packaged foods.And although more and more food companiesare ditching
high-fructose corn syrup, theirproducts aren’t necessarily sugar-free. In fact, they may contain just as much sugar as
before, just in a different form.
Here are 3 tips to sleuth out how much added sugar is in your food—as reported in EatingWell Magazine:
1. Read the
Nutrition Facts Panel:
Under a food label’s “sugars” designation, both natural and added sugars are included. Natural sugars (such as lactose in
milk and fructose in fruit) are not usually a problem because they come in small doses and are packed with other nutrients,
which helps slow absorption.
2. Check the ingredient list:
All of the following are aliases for added sugar. The higher up on the list they appear, the more sugar is in the
Dextrose, fructose, honey, invert sugar, raw sugar, malt syrup, rice syrup, sucrose, xylose, molasses, corn sweetener, fruit
juice concentrate, high-fructose corn syrup, brown sugar, corn syrup, glucose, lactose, maltose, sucrose, evaporated cane
juice, agave nectar, cane crystals, cane sugar, crystalline fructose, barley malt, beet sugar, caramel.
3. Compare products:
Determine how much unhealthful added sugar your product contains by comparing it to a comparable sugar-free product, such as
strawberry yogurt to plain yogurt or canned peaches in syrup to canned peaches in juice. (Find
out here which healthy-sounding foods aren’t actually good for you