Sneaky Ways Sugar is Creeping Into Your Diet

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Sugar and its aliases-
Whole-grain cereal and English muffins don't scream sweet, yet these and other seemingly healthful foods can be sugar minefields. "During ... more 
Photo by: Condé Nast Digital Studio
Sugar and its aliases-
Whole-grain cereal and English muffins don't scream sweet, yet these and other seemingly healthful foods can be sugar minefields. "During the fat-free craze of the '80s and '90s, manufacturers removed fat from packaged foods and replaced it with sugar to make up for the lack of taste," Farrell says. Since then, fat has come backâ€"and the sugar has stayed. But finding the stuff that doesn't belong isn't easy. Nutrition labels list only total grams of sugar, lumping together those that were added with those that occur naturally in the ingredients. To discover what's really in there, look for the word sugar in the ingredients list and also its aliases. Most common are syrup (high fructose corn syrup, corn syrup), juice (evaporated cane juice) and words ending in -ose (dextrose, fructose, glucose, sucrose), say SELF contributing experts Stephanie Clarke, R.D., and Willow Jarosh, R.D. Honey, agave nectar, molasses and maple syrup count as well. Sidestep sneaky offenders at every meal with these quick sugar-slashing tricks.

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Sugar is hiding in some surprising places (whole-grain cereal!). Here's how to keep an eye out for surprising sugar bombs.