Happy October from the Nutrition office!

Becky here to talk about the “Sticky Truth” on Sugar –Sugar is found in many everyday foods, some types are just a tad more obvious than others. When eaten in excess, sources of sugar take the place of wholesome, nutritious food, and can have detrimental effects.

Here’s how to identify sugar to keep intake at bay.

Natural sugar is an innate compound in fruits, vegetables and dairy products. These foods provide other essential nutrients like fiber, protein, vitamins & minerals.

Added Sugars are used to sweeten a food during production. Sources of added sugar provide calories but little-to-no nutrition. It is used in a variety of foods, including many you may not expect, like some pasta sauces, granola, condiments and even some oatmeal.

Don’t be fooled by sugar in disguise!

Some common names for added sugar are: Brown rice syrup, brown sugar, cane sugar, corn syrup, crystal solids, dextrose, evaporated cane juice, fructose, high-fructose corn syrup, honey, raw sugar, sucrose, maple syrup.

Take Home Tips:

  • Read nutrition labels and ingredient lists to identify foods with added sugar
  • Replace sources of added sugar with sources of natural sugar
  • Make foods from scratch so you have full control of the sugar content
  • Be mindful of the total sources of sugar consumed in a day
  • Look for “no sugar added” options – (“Sugar-free” options are not the same, these contain alternative additives for sweetness)
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