Hey Angels and Alphas,
We all know that sugar is bad for us, but what we may not know is how pervasive it is in our diets. While it’s easy to recognize the white granules in a bowl of cereal or the sugary glaze on a dessert, there are many other forms of added sugar that can be hiding in our food without us even noticing.
In this blog post, we’ll uncover all the ways added sugar can hide in our food, from the obvious to the sneaky, so you can make more informed decisions about what you eat.
The Different Names for Sugar
When you read a nutrition label, do you know how much sugar is really hiding inside the food? Most of us are not aware of the fact that sugar can hide behind a variety of different names. In order to make sure you’re not consuming too much sugar, it’s important to be familiar with some of these names.
Common names for added sugar include:
- White sugar
- Brown sugar
- Cane sugar
- High fructose corn syrup
- Fruit juice concentrate
- Agave nectar
- Maple syrup
- Corn syrup
These are just a few of the many names for added sugar, so be sure to read labels carefully and look out for any of these ingredients. When you are looking for healthier alternatives, aim for natural sweeteners like dates or stevia instead.
How Much Added Sugar is Too Much?
When it comes to consuming added sugar, there is no one-size-fits-all answer. Each person has different dietary needs and nutritional goals. However, the American Heart Association recommends that adults limit their daily added sugar intake to no more than 36 grams per day for men and 25 grams per day for women.
It’s important to note that many food labels do not include added sugars in the nutrition facts, making it difficult to track how much added sugar you are consuming. In addition, many foods have hidden sources of added sugars, such as flavored yogurt, granola bars, and condiments. To help you keep track of your added sugar intake, check the ingredients list on food labels and look for words like “sugar”, “dextrose”, “corn syrup”, and “high fructose corn syrup”.
Finally, be aware that some added sugars are healthier than others. Added sugars that come from fruit, vegetables, and whole grains are typically better choices than refined sugars found in candy and soda. By being mindful of the added sugar in your diet and choosing healthier options, you can limit your intake of added sugar and improve your overall health.
The Dangers of Consuming Too Much Sugar
It’s no secret to anyone that consuming too much sugar can be detrimental to your health. Studies have linked high sugar intake to a range of serious health problems, including obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and even certain types of cancer. Too much sugar can also lead to weight gain, as it increases levels of insulin in the body and causes cravings for more sugary foods.
In addition to these physical health risks, consuming too much sugar can also cause mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, and mood swings. This is because excessive sugar intake can cause spikes and dips in blood sugar levels, which can make you feel moody and irritable. Excess sugar can also interfere with the production of hormones in the body, causing feelings of fatigue, stress, and lethargy.
Foods That Contain Hidden Sugars
One of the biggest issues with added sugars is that they can be hidden in a variety of foods. Many times, it can be difficult to identify all the sources of sugar in your diet. Some of the most common foods that contain hidden sugars are:
-Cereal: Many popular cereals contain high levels of sugar. Look for the words “sugar,” “high fructose corn syrup,” and other forms of sugar on the nutrition label.
-Yogurt: Fruit-flavored yogurt often contains added sugars, as do some Greek and frozen yogurts.
-Fruit juices and smoothies: Even if these beverages are made from real fruit, added sugars are often included.
-Sauces and condiments: Ketchup, BBQ sauce, salad dressings, and other condiments can contain high amounts of sugar.
-Granola bars: Most granola bars are marketed as healthy snacks, but many of them are loaded with added sugars.
-Granola: In addition to added sugars, granola often contains large amounts of fat and calories.
-Processed meats: Lunch meats, hot dogs, bacon, and other processed meats often contain sugar to help preserve them.
-Flavored oatmeal: Instant oatmeal can contain up to 20g of sugar per serving, so it’s important to read labels carefully.
-Snack bars: Energy bars, protein bars, and other snack bars can be loaded with added sugars.
By being aware of the hidden sources of sugar in your diet, you can take steps to reduce your sugar intake and make healthier choices.