Where Does Sugar Hide?

Sugar is an added ingredient in almost all of our foods in one way or another.  There are also natural sugars that are found in fruits and vegetables.  So what do we need to be concerned about and what do we need to look for when shopping and looking for a healthier life style?  Sugar can be dangerous and harmful to our bodies if we at least don’t try using it in moderation. So you are probably asking, Where does sugar hide?

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The sugar in fruit is naturally occurring and is a monosaccharide called fructose, which is a carbohydrate.  This differs from table sugar, which is a disaccharide known as sucrose.  The sugar in fruits contains vitamins, minerals, and has health benefits, compared to the sugar we consume in a candy, crackers, juice, cereal, protein bars, soda, yogurt, etc. Too much sugar can aid in diabetes, obesity, addiction, cancer, raise your cholesterol and is full of empty calories.  

sugar3 So when looking at our food labels, be proactive and try to avoid buying a lot of foods that have high amounts of Sugar and High Fructose Corn Syrup.  You will be surprised when you start looking at all the foods you typically buy and how much Sugar and High Fructose Corn syrup is hiding in them… even foods that we think are healthier options.  Here are a group of items and you may be surprised by which ones have high amounts of sugar and/or High Fructose Corn Syrup in them.  Try to live a healthier life style by consuming sugary foods in moderation.

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Shannon {Fitness Food Diva}

 

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