This is a great article as many people are not aware of the effects sugar has on your body and how much is in almost everything we eat. On the hidden sugar chart however, those are foods you expect to find sugar in. I think it would have been most helpful to list foods that most people do not even think about having sugar or HFCS in them. Items such as condiments (mayo, ketchup, and relish), salad dressings and dips (even some hummus), regular peanut butter, coffee creamers, protein shakes, soups, crackers, oatmeal packets, breakfast bars and energy bars, and many more. Becoming aware of the hidden sugars and what to limit or avoid will help everyone greatly on reducing daily sugar intake. Thanks!
I find the question of how much sugar I am consuming to be more complicated than I expected. I have completely cut out the foods listed in the table (cakes, cookies, pie, candy). But I don't really know how to track sugar in other foods I eat. Since I'm told not to worry about slowly absorbed sugars such as those in fruits and vegetables, perhaps I don't need to count those? (And, as others have commented, I should start looking out for truly "hidden" added sugars like those added to ketchup and pasta?) Or, I don't know, is it time to revisit the glycemic index and only choose foods that fall below a certain point on that index? So confusing. Another, detailed, article on this topic would be welcome. Thanks!
I was also recently surprised and let down by how many grams of sugar are in a typical yogurt. For a friut choice (blueberry, strawberry, etc.) it's between 21 and 22 grams. That's over 5 teaspoons of sugar in one yogurt. Crazy! For something that is supposed to be good for you, this is so disappointing. I read labels on just about everything, but I never thought to check the sugars in yogurt.
Could we have an article about hidden sugars in processed and unprocessed foods that are not sweet treats? Saavy dieters know about sugar in bread, cakes and cookies. What about the sugars in fresh vegetables such as potatoes, carrots, rice, peas, beets? What are substitutes for high-sugar vegetables? Are there fruits we should avoid because of high sugar content? Or more precisely, are there correct portion sizes for high-sugar products such as dried fruit? I have to admit, I was disappointed in this article.
This would have been a far more helpful article if it discussed the amounts of sugar in foods you don't normally expect to have sugar, like ketchup, pasta sauce, etc. There's no surprise to me that cakes and candies have sugar and a lot of it!
True enough you would expect sugar to be in those sorts of foods. I have even seen sugar in things like sausages, some sour tasting condiments where you would think the LAST thing it would have in it would be sugar- not to mention what about Molasses and Caramel?? Those are in a lot of foods also ( I am not sure if they are as big a culprit but they are definitely there)
I agree with LKISINSATIABLE... this is not really about hidden sugar. Cake has sugar in it. So does soda pop. The kinds of sugars I think are important are the ones that are not reported on labels. AND many of these would be, in my opinion.
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