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The Hunt for Hidden Sugar

How Much of the Sweet Stuff is Hiding Your Foods?


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  • It's good to know that there are four grams in a teaspoon. I've always wondered. - 4/23/2016 9:49:26 AM
  • 7 tsp of sugar in a slice of angel food cake - so much for a healthy alternative - 4/14/2016 1:44:09 PM
  • I forgot all about this challenge tonight, when I shared a piece of Keylime Mango pie with my sister-in-law. I'll have to start again tomorrow. - 4/8/2016 8:38:04 PM
  • So pleased to see these articles on sugars and Diabetes. Information is invaluable. I will share it with my daughter, a diabetic. Of 5 years, and others. - 4/1/2016 4:39:17 AM
    This is good info for people NEW to dieting, they will remember it the rest of their lives, but, unfortunately, it still doesn't prevent you from eating it. Just not as much, during those times you go on one plan or another. There is a lot more to overeating than crying and pointing to sugar or carbs, the experts just don't "get" that. It's decades we have tried to stop overeating, before processed foods, people over ate. - 2/6/2016 7:02:00 AM
    I jpeg that shows the hidden names of sugar in foods.
    ing/55-different-names-for-sugar - 2/6/2016 4:07:08 AM
  • Just wondering...
    Why is the link on the article for more information from the USDA considered "forbidden"
    on the server? Cannot get through it by the link nor by going to the actual website.
    Such a disappointment that it is not accessible.
    Would like an actual tracker for sugar too. I've seen the excuse from SP. Been there done that. If we need to know how much sugar we are taking in, we need a tracker to do so with. - 2/2/2016 1:21:08 PM
  • I like to track my "added sugar" amounts daily. When I put my foods into the favorite file-I just put added sugar grams under sucrose. That works fine for me to keep daily track of added sugars. - 1/27/2016 1:59:52 PM
  • I like to track my "added sugar" amounts daily. When I put my foods into the favorite file-I just put added sugar grams under sucrose. That works fine for me to keep daily track of added sugars. - 1/27/2016 1:58:54 PM
  • I generally check food labels and always look for products that are lower in sugar. In Canada,sugar is shown on the nutrition info label and if a product has too much sugar, I usually leave it on the shelf. That being said, there are sugars in so many foods so it is easy to consume too much. I never drink soda unless it is the only option and generally avoid any other sugary drinks including juice. I determined long ago that I wasn't going to "drink my calories" and opt for fruit with breakfast. A sugar tracker would be nice, but being careful about carb consumption is also a good idea worth following. - 1/15/2016 11:41:02 AM
  • I began tracking foods years ago...long before I became active on Spark. There are other tools available that track sugar, sodium, and other macronutrients. Spark's response that this is relatively new info is simply not good enough, and it is rather archaic! Sugars that naturally occur in food are different from the sugar added to enhance flavor in processed food. It is long past time for each of us to understand how much sugar we consume in a day. This is such an enormous piece in life's healthy living puzzle. Let your sparks fly, sounds like this is an excellent area of growth for spark. - 1/14/2016 7:39:14 AM
  • You have a carb tracker. Treat it as a sugar tracker and limit intake to 50-100g daily or less! - 10/11/2015 1:25:11 AM
  • I just watched 'That Sugar Film' which has scared me and has also made a lightbulb go off in my head. I'm consistently under on calories and carbs but still not losing weight as fast as I would have anticipated. Why? Sugar! I don't add any sugar to my diet, but have 'naturally occurring sugars' in fruit and products that are 'low fat' means that I am having about 3 - 6 times the amount of sugar i should be having.

    To the person that commented about sugars in fruit being okay and therefore it's tricky to add it to a tracker, I would suggest that naturally occuring or not, it's all sugar and contributes to the overall sugar intake. Having 5 pieces of fruit a day is excessive, one or two pieces of whole fruit is just right. More natural fats for me and also obviously, a vote for a sugar tracker. - 8/22/2015 4:18:14 PM
    sugar tracker please - 6/18/2015 10:53:25 PM
  • I'm glad this was a blog topic. Reading ingredient declarations and understanding what that stuff means matters.

    I'm especially glad to see that the blog addresses other sugar sources (that are rich in added sugars) like honey, brown rice syrup, maple syrup, etc. I'd add "agave syrup" as well. I've seen a few blogs that tout agave syrup as amazing stuff and then lambast HFCS. What's ironic is that agave syrup is very high in fructose.

    Thanks for a good lesson on sugars. - 4/21/2015 4:05:23 PM

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