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Hidden Sugars

Hidden Sugars Sugar Jar

Did you know that there are hidden sugars in many of the every day foods we eat? Yep, and it's a good idea to know what they are and where they are to make good food choices.

The average American eats about 156 pounds of sugar a year -- at least double what health experts recommend. In fact, the less sugar we eat (or drink), the better. Know where to find hidden sugars.

Watch the Food Labels

If you see any of the following ingredients listed on a food label, it's considered an added sugar, regardless of its form.

In addition, below you will find a link to a chart with the sugar content of some of the most popular foods in America.

Hidden Sugars

  • Beet sugar
  • Brown sugar
  • Cane sugar
  • Confectioner's sugar
  • Crystallized cane juice
  • Dextrose
  • Fructose
  • Evaporated cane juice
  • High-fructose corn syrup
  • Honey
  • Invert sugar
  • Maltodextrin (or dextrin)
  • Maple syrup
  • Molasses
  • Raw sugar
  • Sucrose (table sugar or white sugar)
  • Turbinado sugar

Sugar Tips

  • Scan ingredient lists for sugar's many "disguises". If you find two or more, especially near the beginning of the list, the product probably contains a significant amount of sugar.
  • When using granulated sugar, keep in mind that one pound sugar is the equivalent to 2 cups.

CLICK HERE for a list of the Sugar Content of Popular Foods

Source:  Environmental Nutrition, Vol. 23, No. 3

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