Sugar detox programs are all the rage these days, and it’s no wonder: sugar has been linked to all sorts of health problems including obesity, high cholesterol, and type 2 diabetes.
So, why is it so hard to cut out of our diets? Because it’s in everything we eat! Many foods we eat have sneaky added sugars meant to improve taste or mask unpleasant flavors.
Unfortunately, sugar has been found to have addictive properties, so it’s extremely hard to cut back without a fight.
If you want to lose weight and live a healthier lifestyle, however, it’s essential to eat less sugar. Here are some tips to find hidden sugar in foods so that you can live a healthier life.
Sugar Goes By Many Names
Corn syrup isn’t the only sugar-like enemy these days. This article names an astonishing number of sweeteners that are essentially sugar, and are freely added to a variety of foods.
Even “natural” sweeteners like agave and maple syrup should be used in moderation and avoided much of the time. Check labels on the foods you buy to make sure you’re not unwittingly consuming several teaspoons of sugar per serving.
How Much Sugar is in the Jar?
When you look at a food label, what do those amounts really mean? When it comes to sugar, it may surprise you to learn that it takes only four grams of sugar to equal one teaspoon.
If you want a visual representation of the sugar you’re putting into your body, just put one teaspoon of sugar for every 4 grams on the label of the food in question into a sandwich bag. You may be shocked at how much sugar is lurking in the package!
Sticking to natural, whole foods is the best way to avoid hidden added sugar.
Choose Natural Sugars
When you’re craving something sweet, it’s best to stick to natural sugars, like those found in fruit. If you start cutting back on added sugar, you’ll find you have fewer cravings for sweetened foods and soft drinks. In fact, after about two weeks, you’ll find these items may actually be too sweet for your taste.
Sugar substitutes aren’t the answer either, as these have not been shown to help weight loss and may even cause health problems. You want to ideally break your palate of the habit of wanting sweet foods and drinks.
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*The information on this page is not intended to be used as medical advice in any way. Always consult with your doctor for any health related concerns and before starting a new diet or exercise program.