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The Hunt for Hidden Sugar

How Much of the Sweet Stuff is Hiding Your Foods?

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  • 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) - 1/16/2012 7:44:44 PM
  • 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.

    - 7/27/2011 6:52:47 PM
  • OK, not to be mean, but how are sugars in cakes, cookies and candy hidden? It doesn't take a genius to figure out that those things have sugar! - 4/21/2011 2:37:09 PM
  • Let's start a campaign to get ADDED SUGAR put on food labels! You'd have to be a chemist to be able to get an accurate count of added sugar from the information available now. - 4/21/2011 7:28:25 AM
  • KAORUSTALKER30
    This was especially helpful - I've been looking for some sort of comprehensive chart to figure out just how many grams of sugar I should be consuming daily. Thank you! - 4/12/2011 8:15:19 AM
  • Thanks for the info, and especially that chart regarding added sugars. I LOVE anything with sugar in it, but am working on NOT becoming diabetic, so am trying to limit myself. - 2/2/2011 10:21:15 AM
  • I agree, the ability to track sugar in the daily calorie intake would be awesome. This is the one thing that I really struggle with monitoring. - 1/14/2011 12:27:51 PM
  • As a type 2 diabetic I get really mad about the endless procession of "low fat" alternatives that invariably have huge amounts of added sugar to make them supposedly more palatable.

    I've found that you can actually get used to not adding sugar to things, often any at all, and then you reduce the craving for something sweet.

    Why is it so much easier to pick up a bad habit than to pick up a good one? - 12/31/2010 7:12:33 AM
  • Dumb question: can we track sugar on spark? I've tried to do it in the past, but wasn't able. Great article btw! - 10/28/2010 5:25:26 PM
  • I recently wrote a blog about this same topic. With all of the sugar in so many ingredients how are we to know how much sugar we are truly accounting for in our diet. Is sugar addictive? - 10/22/2010 3:56:17 PM
  • I recently started a low-sugar diet. I was shocked to discover the amount of sugar in milk (yes, even low or no fat milk). - 10/8/2010 11:07:58 AM
  • Thanks for giving us a percentage to aim for - I really appreciate all the education and help with the nutrition tracker on SP. I helps me make better decisions about how to fuel my body. - 9/24/2010 3:14:16 AM
  • 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! - 8/27/2010 2:53:26 PM
  • 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. - 6/20/2010 4:12:20 PM
  • 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. - 6/20/2010 9:19:08 AM

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