Hidden Sources of Sugar

Even if you don’t have a sweet tooth, you may be getting more sugar than you realize. Many everyday processed foods, from cereals and bread to pasta sauce and soups, contain sugar.

Would you be shocked to learn that 80% of foods sold in grocery stores contain added sugar? There are several reasons for adding sugar to foods, from flavoring and texture to inhibiting microbial growth and ensuring the browning of foods when microwaved.

'Diet' foods often contain extra sugar to help improve their taste and palatability and to add bulk and texture in place of fat. Energy drinks and specialty coffees are loaded with sugar. Bottled sauces, dressings, condiments, and marinades often contain high fructose corn syrup.

Other foods to be wary of:

-packaged bread -snack or granola bars -protein bars -cereals -sweetened yogurts

Instead, choose unsweetened and fresh options. For breakfast, try unsweetened oatmeal with fresh fruit. When in need of a snack, try nuts or veggies with hummus. Make meals with grilled chicken, fish, or veggies.

“Take care of your body. It's the only place you have to live.” -Jim Rohn

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