Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Savor the Flavor Tip #16 - Cut Back on Added Sugars

Foods and drinks with added sugars can contribute empty calories and little or no nutrition. Reviewing ingredients on the food label can help you identify sources of added sugar. Visit for more information.

We know that sugar is added to candy, cookies and cakes, but sugar is added to many foods, like spaghetti sauce to enhance flavor.  Beware of low-fat foods.  Often extra sugar is added to replace the flavor the fat would have given the food product.  Everyone knows that regular soda has added sugar, but did you know that sports drinks, energy drinks, and the juice drink pouches have added sugar.

The labels on all packaged food are required to have an ingredients list.  Here are the FDA recognized names for added sweetners or added sugar.  Choose foods with less added sugar.  Prepare meals using less processed foods so you can control the amount of added sugar in you meals.

  •  anhydrous dextrose
  •  brown sugar
  •  confectioner's powdered sugar
  •  corn syrup
  •  corn syrup solids
  •  dextrose
  •  fructose
  •  high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS)
  •  honey
  •  invert sugar
  •  lactose
  •  malt syrup
  •  maltose
  •  maple syrup
  •  molasses
  •  nectars (e.g., peach nectar, pear nectar)
  •  pancake syrup
  •  raw sugar
  •  sucrose
  •  sugar
  •  white granulated sugar

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