We are all well aware of the added sugars in soda and sports drinks, baked goods, and snack foods. But did you know your salad dressing, soup, bread, pasta sauce, and yogurt may contain added sugars? Even foods marketed as “healthy” may have additional sugars added to the product. In fact, pre-packaged foods, roughly 65% of them include some form of added sugars.5 Manufactures are required to include added sugars in the ingredient list, based on weight. But they often disguise these names to “camouflage” the amount of sugar in their product. In fact, there are over 61 different names of added sugars on a food label.9 Recently, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has required manufactures to use the new nutrition label template that includes a line for “added sugars.” The change will help consumers distinguish between sugars that are naturally occurring in foods, like lactose in milk and fructose in fruit verses “evaporated cane juice” in flavored yogurt.
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