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According to the American Heart Association, the average person consumes over 22 teaspoons of added sugar per day. That is nearly quadruple the daily amount of sugar recommended for women. Many adults don’t realize they are consuming excess amounts of sugar, even when they are avoiding desserts, soda, and junk food. In fact, there are many seemly healthy foods that are secretly filled with sugar. These hidden sugars are responsible for a variety of health problems, from heart disease to obesity and diabetes.
According to Prevention.com, the golden rule of the grocery store is; “If it’s packaged, it’s probably packed with sugar.” Unfortunately that is the truth, even in items you wouldn’t think about like pasta sauce, bread, and salad dressing. It is not always easy to recognize added sugar on nutrition labels either. Just because the label does not list “sugar” with the ingredients, does not mean it isn’t there. These added sugars are disguised in clever ways and sometimes several are used in a single product. These are the common names of sugar alternatives that the USDA says to watch out for.
- High fructose corn syrup
- Barley malt
- Brown rice syrup
- Fruit juice or nectar concentrates
- Evaporated cane juice
- Carob syrup
- Brown sugar
- Raw sugar
- Rice Syrup
- Confectioner’s Powdered Sugar
- Agave Nectar
- Evaporated corn sweetener
- Malt syrup
- Invert syrup
- Cane crystals
Did you know? There are more than 60 different names for sugar on food labels.
In order to make healthy food decisions, it is important to know what to look for on labels. Knowing the synonyms for sugar will help you avoid a sugary trap.
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