If you’ve been struggling to lose weight and keep it off, sugar is most likely the enemy.
One study found that people whose urine tests showed higher sugar consumption levels over three years were 54% more likely to be overweight than those who were objectively shown to be eating the least sugar in their diet.
The crazy thing is that you may not even realize you’re eating it. A University of North Carolina study found that 60% of packaged foods bought in the U.S. contained added sugar.
How to avoid added sugar?
- Check labels closely – first for the amount of total sugars, then the ingredients list (see list of sugar names below).
- Try to choose foods with no or negligible amounts of sugar (1-2 grams) unless the food contains dairy or large amounts of fruit, both of which contain naturally occurring sugars.
- For sweetened foods like cereals or granola bars:
grams of sugar – grams of fiber should be < 3 grams of sugar
- Check online menus of favorite restaurants to pick lowest sugar options.
Here are some common names for sugar you may not be familiar with:
Brown rice syrup
Cane juice crystals
Confectioner’s sugar (powdered sugar)
Corn syrup solids
Evaporated cane juice
Fruit juice concentrate
High-fructose corn syrup
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