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How to Spot Hidden Sugar in Food

How to spot hidden sugar in food

Last week someone asked me how to spot sugar on food package labels, so I thought it would be a good time for a little refresher. With sugar added to dozens of foods on store shelves, checking for its many aliases is key.

FatFighterTV spoke to dietitian, Brian Higginson, who had this useful tip.

“Essentially any word that ends with the letters ‘o-s-e’ is a type of carbohydrate, which would be a sugar,” he explains.

Also look for other names for sugar like these: high fructose corn syrup, molasses, corn sweetener, syrup, honey, or fruit juice concentrates.

As for how much sugar you should have, the American Heart Association recommends no more than 100 calories per day (about six teaspoons) for most American women. For men, the recommendation is 150 calories per day – about nine teaspoons.

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