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How Sugar Is Hiding From Us

If we want to avoid sugar, we need to understand how to read labels and know all the tricks of the trade how sugar can hide from us. Food manufacturers are getting savvy. They know if sugar is high on their ingredient list, their product isn't exactly going to fly off the shelf. So what do they do?
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If we want to avoid sugar, we need to understand how to read labels and know all the tricks of the trade how sugar can hide from us. Food manufacturers are getting savvy. They know if sugar is high on their ingredient list, their product isn't exactly going to fly off the shelf. So what do they do?

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Firstly they disguise sugar under all these different names knowing people don't associate many of these with just regular table sugar.

Secondly, they use different forms of sugar. For example, instead of regular sugar, they may add coconut sugar, glucose syrup, maple syrup, and so on. Ingredients are listed in order of the quantity present in that product. If a product has more sugar than anything else, sugar will be the first ingredient on the list. Now food manufacturers know that if sugar is number one on the list, people probably aren't going to buy it. They want sugar to be hiding as far down the list as possible giving you the impression sugar is no longer the No. 1 ingredient.

So watch out for all the names and alias of sugar. Look at the nutrition label for total sugar per serving as well as the ingredient list.

And don't be fooled by "no added sugars" (may still be high with naturally occurring sugars) or "refined sugar free" (generally means it's packed with healthy sugar, and there is no such thing). Don't be fooled by coconut sugar, dried fruit or some other sugar. Sugar is sugar, no matter what you call it.

What other creative names of sugar have you seen? I am sure there are plenty more.