That’s the truth – hidden sugars are everywhere – in your sweets, in your snacks, in condiments you use, in breads, fruit juices and pickles.
In fact, every packaged food item has added refined sugar in some form or other.
Now, you are probably thinking you’ve been cutting down on your sugar intake–avoiding it in your tea and coffee. But unknown to you, you are still consuming lots of hidden sugars.
What are hidden sugars?
Hidden sugars raise the calorie count of the food they are in. Worse, they result in metabolic disorders like obesity, diabetes, hypertension, and heart disease, just to name a few.
Foods rich in sugar cause blood sugar spikes and crashes, making you feel sluggish and exhausted.
Sugar also increases inflammation and oxidative stress leading to mood fluctuations.
Besides the above, consuming sugar puts you at more risk for lifestyle diseases like diabetes, heart disease, obesity, etc. If you already have one or more of these, sugar makes it worse.
Of course, you can make dietary changes to cut down excess sugar and that will definitely help.
Can you cut out hidden sugars from your diet?
Yes. Make sure to read the ingredients label before you buy something–regardless of whether it is sweet or savory.
Even if the label says “no added sugar” on the package, be alert to these in the ingredients list: sugar, sucrose, fructose, high fructose corn syrup, dextrose, galactose, glucose, lactose, maltose brown sugar, fruit juice concentrates, invert sugar, — these are just some names on food labels to look out for and avoid.
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