Sugar’s Common Hiding Places

There is plenty of hype right now about the over-consumption of sugar, and how it’s the cause of all kinds of diseases, disorders, and problems. You get it, and you’re willing to make the change, and chances are you cut out sweets, and sodas. But are you still unknowingly consuming sugar throughout your day, despite your efforts to be sugar-free?

If you aren’t reading the labels on your food, the answer is probably yes.

There are many foods that sugar is hiding in that you would never even think to check for sugar, otherwise. One example of this are sauces. Whether it’s barbeque sauce, ranch dressing, or a vinaigrette, unless marked otherwise, it probably contains a whole lot of sugar.

Dairy substitutes are another item that are typically loaded with sugar. Whether it’s almond, organic soy, coconut milk… Or anything for that matter, it’s best to check you labels, and research ingredients that you are unfamiliar with.

Bread is another food item that we consume, sometimes multiple times per day, that usually contains sugar. Not many would associate a hearty cold-cut sandwich with a sugary meal, but unfortunately sugar is being added to practically everything these days, and you can’t eat a meat sandwich without ensuring that you’re buying all sugar-free products.

According to an article titled “Where Is The Sugar Hiding” published by Very Well, “The American Heart Association recommends limiting added sugars to 6 teaspoons a day for women; 9 for men. To put that in terms of grams, remember this: one teaspoon of table sugar has 4 grams of sugar. So you can see how that easily adds up.”

As you can imagine, we Americans are consuming far beyond that amount, and our health as a country is showing it.



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