Finding Hidden Sugar

Friday, August 20, 2010 - 10:36am

Dietitian offers tips on avoiding sugar hidden in foods you wouldn't suspect.

With millions of us battling obesity, nutrition experts agree many of us are definitely getting too much of a sweet thing.

Registered dietitian Rebecca Scritchfield says just drinking just one sweetened tea or energy drink is the equivalent to a double shot of straight sugar.

That's the amount most people should have over two days.

One trick to avoiding unwanted sugar is to read the ingredient list.

Look not just white sugar but honey, molasses, and high fructose corn syrup.

"There are dozens of sugars that the food industry uses and whether it's refined white sugar, brown sugar, or high fructose corn syrup they're pretty much nutritionally all the same," Scritchfield explains.

She says you should limit your intake of added sugar to just two tablespoons a day, or 25 to 30 grams.

The best way to keep your sugar intake low is sticking to fruits and dried fruits.

They're sweet treats that will satisfy a sweet tooth but also contain vitamins and minerals.

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