You might think that you’re diet is fairly sugar free. After all, you don’t eat a pint of ice cream in one sitting and your cereal has whole grain right there on the box.
However, plenty of foods in the average North American diet contain sugar even though they don’t taste that sweet. Foods like condiments (i.e., ketchup), salad dressings, non-dessert breads and crackers, and even pasta sauces contain hidden sugars that can really add up and, over the long-term contribute to diabetes, obesity, tooth decay, gum disease, and cardiovascular disease.
Luckily, we have eight easy methods to help you cut back on the hidden sugars in your diet…
1. Wise Up To Code Names
Just like James Bond, sneaky sugar goes by several aliases—for instance, cane syrup, molasses, sucrose, high fructose corn syrup, brown rice syrup, among others—particularly in healthy-sounding foods like cereal, granola bars, and yogurt. Several types of these sugar pseudonyms might be in any one product, disguising the sly sweetener.