Refined sugars are detrimental to health and are nothing but empty calories. If you want to lead a healthier lifestyle or lose weight, you need to control the amount of sugar you consume every day. The first step involves reading the labels of food items you buy at superstores. Most of these items will likely contain sugar in one form or the other.
Unfortunately, most people don't even know that many foods they buy have sugar in them. If you read "Added Sugar" on food packaging, the term refers to syrups and sugars added during the manufacturing process. These are empty calories and do not provide you with any nutritional value, as mentioned at the outset. Many scientific studies show that higher consumption of sugary foods puts you at risk of health issues such as:
Since sugar can do significant harm to your health, you need to know how much sugar various processed foods contain and what form they are present. Manufacturers know that consumers want to avoid sugar, and it's why they disguise the fact that their products include it. They do this by using technical terms in place of the actual word "added sugar."
Disguised Names of Sugar on Food Labels
When you go shopping, read the labels carefully. Some words that indicate the product has added sugar include:
As you can see, many different sugars could be present in processed and packaged foods. But because the names are disguised, most people don’t realize that they are consuming so much sugar in different forms. Most ingredients ending with “ose" that you see on food product labels indicate added sugar in them. Make it a point to read the labels carefully and avoid foods that mention these disguised names of sugar.
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