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Top 18 Sugar Impersonators

Posted by Jerry De Luca on Thursday, October 4, 2012

Consuming too much sugar from a wide variety of foods is a serious problem not just in America, but in many parts of the world. With the popularity in recent years of sweetened drinks like vitamin water, specialty coffee and energy drinks, we're drinking more sugar and calories than ever before.

The average American takes in about 156 pounds of added sugar every year, according to the USDA. Teens are consuming double the recommended amounts of sugar. Always check the ingredients when grocery shopping. Often sugar pseudonyms are used to mislead the consumer. The most common ones are:                    
Agave nectar

Cane crystals

Corn sweetener

Corn syrup

Crystalline fructose


Evaporated cane juice


Fruit juice concentrates


High fructose corn syrup




Malt syrup




5 Most Surprising Everyday Foods that are Loaded with Sugar

1) Spaghetti Sauce – 3 teaspoons of sugar for every half cup for many brands.

2) Low-Fat Salad Dressing – Sugar is substituted for the removed fat.

3) Bagels – especially honey, cinnamon, and fruit. Some have at least 2 teaspoons of sugar per bagel.

4) Yogurt – most fruit yogurts are loaded with sugar.

5) Ketchup – 4 tablespoons of ketchup equals 1/3 of a soft drink can.

John Hoffman & Judith A. Salerno, M.D., M.S., The Weight of the Nation: To Win We Have to Lose, St. Martin’s Press, New York, 2012 

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Jerry De Luca is a Christian freelance writer who loves perusing dozens of interesting and informative publications. When he finds any useful info he summarizes it, taking the main points, and creates a (hopefully) helpful blog post.