Added Sugar in the Diet

Added Sugar in the Diet

Yes, there is naturally occurring sugar in many of the foods we eat.

It is the added sugar you need to keep an eye on.

By law food companies have to let us know how much sugar is in each product but they do not have to tell us how much is natural and how much is added.

So at the very least be sure to check out the grams of sugar on the Nutrition Facts panel on the products you buy.

Keeping an eye on the amount of sugar in the products you are buying will at least let you know what you are getting into.

To set you up it’s good to know that 4 grams of sugar = 1 teaspoon.

If you see sugar at the top of the ingredient list you may want to rethink your buying habits. And, keep in mind that added sugars have many names and to make things even worse food companies use sweeteners that are not even technically sugars but can have the same negative impact on your health..or worse!

So when you are out shopping next, put on your detective hat, the food companies are always looking for new ways to slip more and more sugar into the products we consume.

To find out other names of sweeteners you may see on your labels read this Harvard paper “Added Sugar in Your Diet”:

Added Sugar in the Diet