Common sources of excess sugar

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Common sources of excess sugar

Hidden Sources of Sugar

We all know ice cream, candy bars, and most processed foods contain added sugar. However, there are many foods that are marketed as health foods but are in fact loaded with excess sugar. These foods can be healthy options. You just have to make sure to buy an option without excess sugar. Below is a list of some foods you might not except to have added sugar.

  • Peanut Butter/Nut Butters
  • Yogurt
  • Kefir
  • Salad Dressing
  • Trail Mix
  • Kombucha
  • Caffeinated Drinks
    • Coffee
    • Tea
    • Energy Drinks
  • Juice
  • Mixed Drinks
  • Supplements
  • Fermented/Pickled Foods
    • Sauerkraut
    • Kimchi
    • Pickles
  • Condiments
    • Mayonnaise
    • Ketchup
    • Mustard
    • Hot Sauce
    • BBQ Sauce
  • Jerky
  • Snack Bars
    • Granola Bars
    • Cereal Bars
  • Dried Fruit
  • Canned Fruit/Vegetables
  • Dairy-Free Milks
  • Sauces
    • Tomato
    • Pesto

It’s crucial to read ingredient labels before buying anything. Even seemingly healthy food can have excess sugar put into it, making it less than ideal. All the items listed above are foods that most people don’t realize can be loaded with added sugar. You might think a little sugar is insignificant. However, when you eat/drink these items daily, the added sugar adds up. It’s important to remember that these foods all contain natural sugars that your body can utilize. Your body doesn’t need any added sugar, as it can create unwanted health side effects. You can find all these items listed without any added sugars in them. Swapping your food(s) that contain added sugar to ones that don’t is an easy way to eat healthier and feel better!

 

Sugar’s Many Guises

There are many different names for sugar. Just some of them include:

  • High-Fructose Corn Syrup
  • Corn Syrup
  • Rice Syrup
  • Dextrose
  • Lactose
  • Fructose
  • Maltose
  • Molasses
  • Honey
  • Maple Syrup
  • Agave
  • Glucose
  • Sucrose
  • Barley Malt

Keep a lookout for these names when looking at labels. You can print this list off and take it to the grocery store for a handy reference guide. If you are unsure about whether or not an ingredient listed is sugar, you can always google it!

Happy Shopping!

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