If you’re trying to unsweeten your diet, we want to encourage you! It’s an excellent idea. You may already be skipping the usual suspects, like candy and soda. But sugar isn’t always as obvious as cake frosting or powdered donuts. If only.
Here are some foods found in Blue Ash grocery stores and school cafeterias with a surprisingly high sugar content:
- Low fat versions of snack foods (Manufacturers often replace fat with sugar.)
- Salad dressing
- Breads, buns, rolls
- Spaghetti sauce
- Protein bars
- Canned soup
- Peanut butter
- Fast food meals (Hamburgers, fries, sandwiches, and salads are often loaded with sugar, to say nothing of dessert items.)
- Cough drops
- Fruit smoothies (Even a small serving has a whopping amount of sugar.)
Read the fine print. The labels tell the story. The following terms all mean sugar:
glucose, lactose, galactose, fructose, dextrose, honey, sorghum, molasses, cane sugar, confectioner’s sugar, crystallized cane juice, invert sugar, maltodextrin (or dextrin), maple syrup, concentrated fruit juices, raw sugar, cane sugar, evaporated cane juice
Do the math: When shopping at the grocery store or health food store, carefully decipher food labels before you buy. Four grams of sugar equals one teaspoon. Add up all the grams of every type of sugar listed and divide by four to truly understand how much sugar an item contains.
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