12 Surprising Sources of Hidden Sugar

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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Angela J.
Angela J3 years ago

Thank you.

Sue H.
Sue H3 years ago

i still think it needs to be in the drug category! Makes my knees hurt when i eat it and I now know that and how addicting it is! Avoid it Most of the time!

Elena T.
Elena Poensgen3 years ago

Thank you :)

Tanya Selth
Tanya Selth3 years ago

I have bad health issues and actually get the effects of it suppressing my immune system when I have sugar.. it gives me a sore throat and makes me feel more run down, so in my case need to completely avoid added sugars.

Its scary how many things they add it too. One cant almost buy anything ready made without it (unless one wants artificial sweeteners in their food which I cant have either).

Karen Chestney

Thank-you for this interesting and informative article....Some of this I knew....some ...no. and...I did not not sugar suppresses the immune system. Thanks for that little piece of important info.!

Morgan Hartman
Morgan H3 years ago

I knew ketchup had sugar, but I didn't realize how much

Siti R.
Siti R4 years ago

nothing new there however we could cut down on processed foods and eat natural home -cooked wherever possible. love yr health, make the effort!

Elena T.
Elena Poensgen4 years ago

Thank you :)

Shawn P.
Shawn P4 years ago

If sugar hides everywhere then we must be duly vigilant, aware, and think before we buy and/or eat.

Chinmayee Jog
Chinmayee Jog4 years ago

I'm so glad I'm vegetarian, a lot of this sugar is found in meat!! Of course one must not forget soft drinks, white bread, etc...and I knew it was bad for the immune system but I didn't realise even a few teaspoons shuts down the immune system for 6 hours :(