Where Sugar Hides

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It's a major challenge for many of us to limit the sugar in our diets, mainly because the white stuff is everywhere, especially in processed foods. Take a look at your diet and the sneaky ways sugar makes its way in there, even in seemingly healthful foods. Many fruit juices are more like liquid candy than liquid fruit. For example, Ocean Spray Cran-Apple has 35 grams of sugar in an 8-ounce serving (more than Pepsi) and the ingredient list starts with filtered water, then high fructose corn syrup and THEN juice. Many nutrition experts think increased consumption of high fructose corn syrup may contribute to obesity because your liver converts fructose to fat more easily than other sugars. Stick with whole fruit instead of juice to reap the benefits of fiber and to feel fuller faster. Canned fruit is an economical option, but examine labels carefully.