Maintaining a low-sugar diet requires attention to detail and being a food label detective. Learn about foods that pack in added sugar to avoid missteps.
“Sugar is part of our natural foods. It’s part of our rutabaga and carrots,” says nutritionist Donna Weihofen, RD, of the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics in Madison. “Nature doesn’t mean for us to give up on sugar.”
The natural fructose sugar found in fruits and vegetables and lactose sugar in milk and dairy is part of a healthful diet. The problem lies with processed foods packed with high amounts of sugar (namely sucrose and high-fructose corn syrup). And it’s not just the obvious culprits, like soda, candy, and cakes. Manufacturers have snuck sugar into many low-calorie, low-fat, so-called health foods — some which don’t even taste sweet! Are you consuming more sugar than you realize? Watch for these top sneaky sources of added sugar, and learn what to eat instead.