Finding Hidden Sugar
We all know that sugar is actually an anti-nutrient and full of empty calories. Sugar loves to lurk in packaged and processed foods that we grab for a sweet hit or a pick me up. Sometimes sugar is hidden in seemingly healthy products like breakfast cereals and granola bars. The only way to find out if a product has added sugar is to read the label. Sugar comes under many of the following names:
corn syrup solids
fruit juice concentrate
high-fructose corn syrup
You can also look at how many grams of sugar are listed on the nutrition label.
Sugar free – less than 0.5g sugar per serving (check that serving size)
No added sugar – no sugar or any ingredient containing sugar was added
Reduced sugar – the sugar content of this product has been reduced by 25%
What is the easiest way to avoid sugar?
Reduce or eliminate the amount of packaged and processed food you eat. Yup, it’s as simple as that. If you have a recipe that calls for sugar then your best bet is to use raw, unpasteurized honey, maple syrup or mashed dates soaked in hot water.
If you’d like to find out more about what sugar does to your body and which types of sugar are the best for optimal health, join Julie Hodge and me for our workshop on Mar. 3, 2012. It will be from 3 to 4:30 pm at The Studio on 17. Tickets are $29 each (or bring your friend and it’s $29 for both). To register, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.