9 Sneaky Sources of Sugar

By MAYS Latest Reply 2015-07-01 07:09:34 -0500
Started 2012-09-24 07:47:48 -0500

According to the American Heart Association, Americans down about 22 teaspoons of the sweet stuff every day.

(Imagine choking that down all at one time.)

And most of that comes from less-than-obvious sources. Manufacturers today put sugar in everything from the bread in your pantry to the turkey on your table.


So let's put this into perspective. If you're currently taking in more than 120,000 sugar calories each year—as is the average American—then you're adding 35 pounds of sugar-induced flab to your body annually.



11 replies

Darly314 2015-07-01 07:09:34 -0500 Report

Check EVERYTHING! Ketchup, slaw dressing, mustard; yes it is everywhere. I was used to checking growing up with a Type 1 mommy, so I still check, check, check. White bread, rice, and potatoes (which I loved) are ALL culprits; the turn quickly to sugar once consumed. Canned vegetables, salad dressings, even soups.

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Diabetic Coach 2012-09-24 12:50:18 -0500 Report

Ugh sugar is in everything, including the stuff you wouldn't think it'd be in. Managing my sugar addiction is a daily struggle. My personal goal is less than 40g which is still too much. I'd like to halve that. Who thought putting sugar in everything was a good thing? :/

maclover1524 2012-09-24 18:29:11 -0500 Report

Who thought of putting sugar in everything was a good thing? The sugar industry! Corn growers. Ugh. Sugar in our food is so prevalent that we must be constantly vigilant whether we have diabetes or not.
The average breakfast of cereal, milk, toast, orange juice (4 oz.) jam, coffee has 116 grams of carbs or 29 teaspoons of sugar.
A low carb breakfast of 2 slices bacon, 2 eggs, a few strawberries, a 1/8 cup of blueberries, black coffee has 15 grams of carbs or 4 teaspoons of sugar. Hmmmm, which one is better for you?

DeanaG 2012-09-24 08:43:48 -0500 Report

When first diagnosed and starting my label reading career, I was shocked at some of the foods that had sugar in them.

jayabee52 2012-09-24 10:36:27 -0500 Report

here is something which lists the various names for sugar under which they are "hidden" on food labels ~ http://www.prevention.com/node/26171

maclover1524 2012-09-24 18:33:46 -0500 Report

Hey, Jayabee that is a great link! thanks so much! Two other things that contain "hidden" sugars are Lawrey's Seasoning Salt and my favorite thing to use, Wyler's Instant Beef Bouillon! Ugh!