Tips to Identify Hidden Sugar on Food Labels

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Too much sugar intake is unhealthy for you. Most people would agree on this. Nevertheless, we are still having way too much of it in our diet. How come?

If you have ever look at a food label then you realize how confusing they could be. When you get past basic list of ingredients such as milk, cheese, corn and water, things start to get a bit of dicey. Exactly how do you go through those labels?

Sugar is a carbohydrate. It is known as a simple carbohydrate since it is metabolized a lot easier. It doesn’t require extra energy to be digested. In truth, if you’ve ever had a sweet snack, your blood sugar spikes immediately. You obtain energy for about 30 minutes and after that feel like you are sinking through the floor.

Sugars are also utilized to preserve foods. You generally think of salt, however sugar is used in processed foods in other varieties. If you notice the word “sugar” on the label you may think twice about using the product. But, when other words are used for sugar, it can be difficult to differentiate.

Begin by checking out the carbohydrate count on the nutrition label. Below carbohydrates you will notice a total carbohydrate measurement and then a breakdown to sugars and fiber. If the sugar amount is most of the carbohydrate amount then there is more than a large amount of sugar in that food item.

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Next, go through the ingredient list. Sugar has numerous scientific terms. Foods that end in “-ose” or “-ase” contains sugar. Substances such as fructose, maltose and sucrose are all trade names for sugar. In addition, try to look for sugary ingredients such as molasses, syrup (of any sort), agave nectar and cane sugar.

Several foods have natural sugars. If a food contains strawberries, the label would have strawberries listed. Strawberries have natural sugar and that is not listed individually since it is a part of the fruit.

There’s also sugar alcohols for instance sorbitol and xylitol. They are made up of sugar and alcohol groups in their chemical make-up. They have a lesser amount of calories and less of an impact on your blood sugar. Xylitol is used in sugarless gum instead of other sweeteners with side-effects. However, you do really need to be aware of the quantity of sugar alcohols in your food. Considering they are not entirely absorbed by the body, an excess of them can cause diarrhea or bloating.

Additionally, ingredients on food labels are supposed to be listed in order of percentage in that food. If these hidden sugars show up near the top of the list, then they are a larger part of the calories than may be alluded to on the front side of the box.

If you are planning to lessen your sugar intake, check the food labels. You may be getting more than you bargained for.

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