By DeeDee Stiepan, Mayo Clinic News Network
Added sugar in meals not solely provides additional energy, it can also have direct poisonous results, resembling tooth decay and even a danger for coronary heart illness. Minimizing the quantity of added sugar in your eating regimen is essential. However, it’s possible you’ll not even understand how a lot added sugar you eat. That’s as a result of some unsuspecting meals it’s possible you’ll suppose are wholesome include added sugar.
In this Mayo Clinic Minute, Dr. Donald Hensrud, a Mayo Clinic doctor specializing in diet and the editor of “The Mayo Clinic Diet,” explains what to look out for when making an attempt to keep away from added sugar.
“Anytime food is processed, there are certain things that are added. And it’s often sugar or salt,” says Dr. Hensrud.
When making an attempt to establish how a lot added sugar is in packaged meals, take a look at the diet meals label. You may be stunned by what you discover.
“Many things you wouldn’t even suspect — some sauces, some dips, some spreads — there’s added sugars in almost every category of food products out there,” says Dr. Hensrud.
Foods that may be stunning sources of added sugar:
- Salad dressing
- Canned soup
- Granola bars
- Protein bars
“It’s been shown that, in many people, the amount of calories they get from added sugars is quite significant,” says Dr. Hensrud.
Dr. Hensrud suggests paying shut consideration to meals labels and making an attempt to eat meals that include pure sugars, like fruits, that are low in energy and include nutritional vitamins and minerals.
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