Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Where Sugar Hides
Opt for those that are packed in water, not syrups. Another surprising source of sugar might be the condiments you use. Syrups are obviously sweet, so use them sparingly, but did you know ketchup is a major sugar source in American diets? Ranch and other creamy dressings, especially those that are fat-free, can contain major amounts of high fructose corn syrup. When you see corn syrup listed as one of the first ingredients on a label, then you know it should go back on the shelf. Other key words to look for on a label that indicate sugar: glucose, fructose, lactose, sucrose, molasses, honey, dextrose, sorghum, maltose and galactose. Some of these are healthy forms of the sweet stuff, but any excess adds up to extra pounds and increased risk of diabetes and other conditions.