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Is There Hidden Sugar in Your Favorite Foods?

By Sara Butler

It’s a good guess that most packaged foods these days are hiding a fair amount of sugar. That’s why it pays to skim the nutrition label on packages to see just how much may be lurking! The problem is that you still may be getting more sugar than you bargained for simply because sugar is labeled under many different names – and that can make it easy to get duped. Now that added sugars are required to be differentiated on nutrition labels from naturally occurring sugar, that helps. Still, that change won’t go into full effect until mid-2018. Until then, you have to be savvy to catch all the sugar. Here are things to look for on food packaging to help you know if what you’re eating is just sugar in disguise!

In Deli Meat

Sugar in deli meat? Yes!

Many packaged deli meats also contains the following, which is really just sugar under a different name:

  • Corn syrup
  • Honey
  • Dextrose
  • Maltodextrin

Deli meat also contains a ton of other artificial flavors, colors, and preservatives that are terrible for your overall health. Preservatives such as nitrates are recognized by the World Health Organization as possible causes of cancer if eaten too much. So, be careful – it’s not the sugar in those foods that are harmful to your health.

Look for preservative-free deli meats or consider grilling your own meats at home to use on sandwiches!

In Flavored Yogurt

Flavored yogurt is an easy, convenient option – and seen as healthy, too. But it may not be as good for you as you think. Most flavored yogurts are really sugary. In fact, some of them contain more grams of sugar than a chocolate bar! So don’t be lured in by the yogurt flavored with your favorite candy bar. Instead, go for plain Greek yogurt and add your own healthy add-ins such as nuts, berries, or honey.

In Nut Butter

Peanut butter is universally loved by many people, but they might contain small amounts of molasses, sugar, honey, or dried cane syrup that make your beloved nut butter a sugar bomb. Plus, the serving size of most kinds of nut butter is not very large, leading to eating more than just one serving with your sliced apple and therefore, more sugar than you realized you were getting.

Aim for nut butter that is 100 percent nut without any additions. Nuts and salt should be the only ingredients and are pretty easy to find if you look.

Don't be fooled by hidden sugar! Know what to look for so you can eat as well as you think you are.

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Lake Forest, Calif. 

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