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The Hunt for Hidden Sugar

How Much of the Sweet Stuff is Hiding Your Foods?


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  • My new favorite sugar free syrupt is Mrs. Butterworth's!
  • Yeah, these don't really seem like "hidden" sugars at all. Since when do people not now that cake, soda, and candy have sugar in them? Those are the obvious ones.

    I think some food items that would truly surprise people by their sugar content would be things like muffins, cereal, oatmeal, etc.

    There's also the hidden impact that certain high glycemic foods, while low in added sugars, have on blood sugar because of their high carbohydrate content... like whole grain wheat bread, brown and white rice, and pasta. Some people don't realize just how much of an impact these foods really have on blood sugar, as carbs are basically sugar in disguise.
  • Did your doctor ever say to you, "I think you need a little more sugar in your diet?" I don't think so.
    We don't need ANY added sugar and it would be great if SP would make available the TOTAL grams of sugar we consume in a day - on our food tracker!
  • I agree with those who think that 5 teaspoons of sugar a day are 5 teaspoons to much...
  • 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.
  • One single Fig Newton has my recommended sugar intake for the day..... Thanks for opening my eyes to hidden sugar!
  • 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.
  • Hi!

    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 is hardly a helpful article. First of all, it is OKAY to have ANY added sugar in a healthy diet? I don't think so.

    I agree with the comments that say info on real hidden sugar (ketchup, cereal,etc) and naturally occurring sugars (fruit, dairy etc) would be informative. SP, you are disappointing me.
  • It looks like some of the teaspoons in this chart should be grams. Fig Newtons, for example, how would you fit 5 tsp. of sugar in one cookie?
  • 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!
  • I agree that it would be great to know why, other than the nutrition-free calorie consumption, sugar is bad for us.
  • Transfer fat was not disclose on labeling until recently. I work with some of the people thar made it happen.

    Lets START a campaign. Inline petition to force our government to disclose all sugars in foods.
  • MLKB105
    My cardiologist told me it is the simple added sugars that affect my triglyceride levels more than the fats I consume. My daily limit is 25 grams. Good article.

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