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The Truth about Hidden Sugars: A Risk for Health

Course Number: 558

Why are Sugars Hidden in Foods?

As our culture demands cheap, readymade meals, it is no surprise this convenience comes at a price. Pre-packaged, processed foods, like soups, sauces, and frozen entrees contain added sugars to enhance the flavor and make them savory. Foods marketed as low-fat or diet foods often contain extra sugar to help improve their palatability and to add texture in place of fat. Even natural sugars in some fruit, including apples, has increased as new varieties such as Fuji and Pink Lady are emerging into a competitive market to satisfy our taste for sweetness.8

Sugar Fact #3

To make “low-fat” foods taste better, manufacturers often add sugars to make the product more palatable.5