Sugar hides in many unexpected places. Considering sugar consumption has been linked to many illnesses — and even a few teaspoons shuts down the immune system for up to six hours — it is important to be on the lookout for sugar. Be sure to read labels to identify ingredients that end in “-ose” such as glucose, maltose, fructose, high fructose corn syrup, etc. All of these ingredients are sugar in its myriad forms. Additionally, there are many ways that sugar can sneak into your diet, even without labeling. Here are 12 surprising sources of hidden sugar identified in Nancy Appleton’s book, Lick the Sugar Habit:
1. The breading on most packaged and restaurant foods contains sugar.
2. Sugar (in the form of corn syrup and dehydrated molasses) is often added to hamburgers sold in restaurants to reduce meat shrinkage during cooking.
3. Before salmon is canned, it is often glazed with a sugar solution.
4. Many meat packers feed sugar to animals prior to slaughter to “improve” flavor and color of cured meat.
5. Some fast-food restaurants sell poultry that has been injected with a sugar or honey solution.
6. Some salt contains sugar! Seriously.
7. Sugar is used in the processing of luncheon meats, bacon, and canned meats.
8. Most bouillon cubes contain sugar (and usually MSG as well).
9. Peanut butter tends to contain sugar.
10. Dry cereals often contain high amounts of sugar.
11. Almost half of the calories from commercial ketchup comes from sugar.
12. More than 90 percent of the calories found in a can of cranberry sauce come from sugar.
This list is by no means complete. Sugar hides almost anywhere and as it becomes increasingly genetically-modified, it is important to reduce your consumption of it. Check out Lick the Sugar Habit by Nancy Appleton, PhD, for more information. Also, read 17 Essential Reasons to Eat Organic Food.
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