Thanks so much for this article. Boy, 6-7 percent of total calories is not much when you start looking at labels with the emphasis on sugar. I've been watching for HFCS for a long time now. I will read the labels more closely now looking for all the words that mean added sugar. I agree with many of the other posts that it would be interesting and educational to have a list of foods that don't taste sweet, or are suspect of added sugar. I know the list would be way too long to list all but a list of the more common foods would give us a starting point of type of foods to watch. Maybe--it is all foods! How depressing!
karate_kid is right, and don't forget ketchup, barbecue sauce and many salad dressings. Not to mention some marinades. All of these are examples of *hidden* sugar. Cakes and pies and soft drinks are obviously filled with sugar. Hidden means that you can't see it unless you are looking for it.
The article talks about HIDDEN sugar but the food list is all cakes and cookies. I expect sugar in these kinds of food. It would have been more helpful to list foods where I wouldn't normally think about sugar content, such as spaghetti sauce, bread, or packaged meals that don't even taste sweet.
I'd love to hear more about all of the hidden sugars in things that we don't think about, like Ketchup, Steak Sauce, spices, canned goods of almost any kind, packaged mixes, etc. Its everywhere!! I find myself looking at every single label in the store to make sure there are no hidden sugars. I just cannot believe where it hides. It esp. makes me mad that good for you foods like yogurt and cottage cheese (esp. the 'low fat' varieties) all have added sugar. Just when we thought we were doing the right thing for our bodies...
So what if the research on HFCS says its no more harmful than regular sugar. The point is its in EVERYTHING and that is why it is harmful. Why do I need to have sugar in my mayonnaise or in my bread? As an insulin resistant type sugar is my ENEMY no matter what form of sugar it is and they need to remove so many of the hidden sugars from foods. Its just like when the cigarette folks were putting chemicals on the tobacco to make it harder for someone who smoked to quit.
3/4/2010 5:18:22 AM
I spent a long time in the grocery store yesterday ... reading labels ... before I read this article ... I was looking at grams of sugar in the products and my cart was pretty empty .. I shop perimeter of grocery store ... but when I read all the sugar in the so call fat free, low calorie foods that are shoved at us on TV ,,, I now understand why the population is getting so fat. Do it next time you are in the grocery store ... I am adding sugar as another thing I count in my foods ... 1200 cal ... max 21 grams. and no offense I am counting them n dairy products since I think it effects the glycimic index
So if I sneak a cookie, I am in big trouble with the sugar count. Sneak, means I think no one knows the difference. However, MY BODY knows what I did. I really enjoyed this reminder of the sugar amounts in various foods. Thanks
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