Sugar, Sugar, Sugar

What’s so bad about sugar?  Research has tied excess sugar consumption to type 2 diabetes, heart disease and obesity.  Even though the fruits, some vegetables and milk contain sugar, they are accompanied with fiber, proteins, minerals and vitamins which means those sugars are released more slowly into the  blood stream.  But it is the added sugars that are the primary concern, because food processors have control over how much is added and moreover they are sometimes referred to as “empty calories”–maybe more correctly, “empty nutrients”, because sugar contains no nutrients.

Then why are so many foods loaded up with additional sugars?  Because they add the flavor that so many of us are accustomed to and like.  So what is one to do?  Read those Labels!  Even though the sugars on the Nutrition Facts label are the sum of natural sugars and added sugars, similar foods even by the same manufacturer can be greatly different.  Although the FDA has proposed a separate line for added sugars, for now “sugars” on the label means total sugars.

 

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