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The Hunt for Hidden Sugar

How Much of the Sweet Stuff is Hiding Your Foods?

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  • 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
  • KARATE_KID
    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
  • 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... - 6/1/2010 5:51:01 PM
  • 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. - 4/3/2010 11:58:56 AM
  • JAZGAL
    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 - 3/4/2010 5:18:22 AM
  • 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 - 2/15/2010 12:04:00 PM
  • I just told my husband how much sugar he was drinking with a Dr. Pepper. I don't think he appreciated a slam on his favorite drink. LOL
    But sugar is one of the ingredients that I am trying to watch closely because I do have a taste for it and it's in so many foods that we eat. It's easier for me to cut down on sugar than fats. I just try to go for the better fats. - 2/13/2010 9:42:23 PM
  • This article was an eye-opener for me. Thanks for sharing. - 1/3/2010 9:25:19 AM
  • Thank you for posting this!!!! This is yet another way that the diet groups misinform their members. For literally YEARS, I would have a piece of Angel Food cake for a dessert because my Weight Watcher's leader suggested as it was only 2 points. I see from the article that one piece of angel food cake has 7 teaspoons of added sugar and by the chart in the article, I should have no more than 5 teaspoons of added sugar every day. This is one of the reasons why W.W. never worked for me. Points are too broad a category. Caloric intake of each food group is the only surefire way to go. Thanks very much.!! - 9/23/2009 2:48:19 PM
  • And this is why I try to say "no thanks" to dessert!

    But like some other people have said, it's the non-"sweets" things you have to watch out for. I refuse to buy canned spaghetti sauce any more. It's crazy how many things have HFCS let alone other sweeteners in them! - 9/23/2009 12:44:06 PM

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