We advise our dental patients at Russell Anderson Jr. Dentistry to watch their sugar intake to prohibit cavities and other health troubles.
If you are trying to de-sugar your diet, you are probably skipping the usual suspects: candy, soda, and baked treats. But not all sugar is as recognizable as the frosting on a piece of chocolate cake or the powdery stuff in pixie stix.
Here are some foods found in grocery stores, restaurants, and school cafeterias with a surprisingly high sugar content:
- Low-fat snack foods
- Salad dressing
- Bread, buns, rolls
- Spaghetti sauce
- Protein bars
- Canned soup
- Peanut butter
- Fast food meals
- Cough drops
- Fruit smoothies
Reading the fine print on labels is a must. The following terms are all types of sugar:
raw sugar, cane sugar, glucose, lactose, galactose, fructose, dextrose, honey, sorghum, molasses, cane sugar, confectioner’s sugar, crystallized cane juice, invert sugar, maltodextrin (or dextrin), maple syrup, concentrated fruit juices, evaporated cane juice.
Do the math: when shopping at markets or health food stores, carefully analyze food labels before you buy. Four grams of sugar equals one teaspoon. Add up all the grams of sugars listed and divide by four to see how much sugar an item really contains.
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