Archive for April 20th, 2007

How Much Sugar Is In My Food?

April 20, 2007

imagesasdf.jpgAlmost any food we eat may contain sugar.  Even those with marketing ads saying the product is sugar free…may actually mean “no added table sugar” BUT contains other sources of sugar hidden under a different name so BE AWARE! 

It is important to remember that sugar can come in many forms.  You may think you are eating sugar free foods but hidden in the ingredients are the likeness of sugar that can still contribute to calories.

Sources of sugar that you should check in the food labels include the words that end in “ose” or “ol” . These are all forms of sugar. Very important to note is that syrups such as corn sweetener, sorghum syrup and high fructose syrups are sweeteners that are often added to drinks and therefore high in calories.  Remember also that brown sugar, molasses and honey are said to be better than regular sugar because they are “natural” but they all give you the same calories as regular table sugar! So BE AWARE!

Common sources of sugar added to our daily food include:

  • fructose
  • high fructose corn syrup
  • maltose
  • lactose
  • dextrose
  • mannitol

When you read food labels, take note that the Ingredients listed: they are usually in order by weight, meaning from the most to the least amount. So when a type of sugar is the first ingredient, you know there is more sugar in that food than any other ingredient. Likewise some foods may contain more than one kind of sugar so when they are added up, the total may be more than any other ingredient in that food. So BEWARE!

Lastly…One important  fact about sugar that I want everyone to remember and share:

One culprit of a bad “food” that we all at one time or another have “enjoyed” is softdrinks.  But . we may not be aware that a 12-ounce can of cola contains about ten teaspoons of sugar which actually provides more calories and put on more body fat than the same amount of table sugar taken dry by the spoonful !

Sugar in the body can cause tooth decay, diabetes and more importantly OBESITY! Be more attentive to what you eat or drink because you may actually be taking hidden sugars that you thought were non existent!

Sugar in Your Food: Beware and Be Aware!

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