Did you know the average American eats 17 teaspoons of sugar a day? My goal of this blog post is to help you feel more confident in reading food labels to spot added sugar.
Added sugar can increase your chances of getting diabetes, fatty liver disease, weight gain, high blood pressure, inflammation, an increased risk for heart attack, and stroke. It’s very important to know how to spot added sugar on a food label to help prevent these diseases.
Why do we use added sugar in processed foods? Added sugar provides flavor, provides texture to products, and increases shelf life. The FDA has now required added sugars to be included on the nutrition facts label.
Below are 61 common names of sugars. A quick way to spot added sugar on a label is if any word ends in “ose” then it’s a form of sugar.
Keep in mind, you do not need to avoid natural sugars like the sugar found in fruits. Foods that contain natural sugars are high in vitamins, minerals, and fiber which are necessary in maintaining proper body functions. And as is usually the case, sugars are ok in moderation.