You would be surprised how much sugar is actually hiding in some of your favorite, and most consumed foods.
The CDC has found that childhood obesity has more than doubled, and adolescent obesity has quadrupled over the past 30 years. Some of this is due to the shockingly high sugar intake. In fact, the average American consumes about three pounds of sugar each week. If this doesn’t make your jaw drop, we don’t know what will; however, while some of us may nix having candy and sugary snacks in the house, there is still an abundance of added sugar lurking in foods you consume each day. You may not even know it, but it’s important that you’re aware so you can steer clear from unnecessary sugar. Your St. Charles dentist is here to give you the lowdown on sugar consumption.
What is the proper daily allowance of sugar?
- Look for “carbs as sugars” on the label, as this will include both natural and added sugars. If the product is 5g per 100g, then sugar content is low. If the product is 15g per 100g, you’re looking at a high intake of sugar.
- Look for ingredients that end in ‘ose’ like glucose or fructose, as they are types of sugar. Also be on the lookout for honey, molasses, corn syrup and agave.
Remove Hidden Sugar Culprits
- Packaged and frozen foods, and even low fat and diet products can have a large amount of sugar and other unhealthy preserves to improve the flavor.
- Canned soups and sauces (tomato sauce)
- Fruit juice concentrates are often loaded with added sugars. If you must have your daily cup of orange juice, opt for the freshly squeezed bottle in your grocery store’s produce section. Also, stick to only one glass of fruit juice a day.
- Salad dressings
- Flavored yogurts
- Granola and other “to-go” bars
- Processed white breads