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The Hunt for Hidden Sugar

How Much of the Sweet Stuff is Hiding Your Foods?


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  • 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. - 3/13/2012 10:07:16 AM
  • 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? - 3/13/2012 9:13:07 AM
  • 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! - 3/13/2012 7:12:18 AM
  • I agree that it would be great to know why, other than the nutrition-free calorie consumption, sugar is bad for us. - 3/13/2012 6:25:32 AM
  • 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.
    - 3/13/2012 3:55:29 AM
  • 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. - 1/23/2012 7:58:28 PM
  • 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
    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

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