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Sunday, 12 January 2014

Hidden sugar in foods

Recently, a warning about excess sugar consumption was in the nationwide news. UK also sees an increase in obesity like US nowadays. The maximum sugar intake is stated about 50g/ day which is equivalent to 12 teaspoonful. This sounds a lot and you would think you are not eating that much, but we need to be aware that there are hidden sugar in many manufactured food products.

Watch out the labelling with these terms;

Honey, dextrose, fructose, corn syrup, high-fructose corn syrup, sorbitol, fruit juice concentrate, galactose, lactose, polydextrose, mannitol, xylitol, maltodextrin, turbinado sugar

Example of food products with hidden sugar;

Breakfast cereals - even healthy looking cereals may contain quite lot of sugars.
Tomato sauce & Ketchup - sugar is commonly used to take acidity off from tomato flavour.
Yoghurt - sweet version may contain shocking amount of sugar. It is almost eating dessert!
Peanut butter - tasty one often contain quite lot of sugar.
Canned soup - both sugar and salt can be quite high.

So, the conclusion is....
We need to check the label before buying for those manufactured in the factories, for those not growing naturally!

Sugar can cause an addiction, and you know what, it can be harder to beat than smoking or drug using.
News 'Sugar is the new tobacco.'

Thursday, 2 January 2014