Follow the Sugar. Find the Money.
Sugar is yummy money. Because nature is so super smart, vegetables and fruits have sugars embedded in their structures. These tasty, nutrient dense foods enrich the body with vitamins, minerals, and beneficial bacteria. Unfortunately, corporations are also super smart. They exploit our natural attraction to sweet by adding sugar to food to make more money for corporations.
It is no accident that so many foods from pasta sauce to peanut butter to dairy products have added sugar. Even fruits and vegetables are bred to taste sweeter. The bottom line is fat, both profits and consumers.
When shopping, remember that the primary goal of packaged food is to make money. Food labels are designed to tempt, beguile and, at times, deceive. If the packaging looks healthy, the marketing team correctly identified visual clues. To find out what is in the package you have to read below the nutritional label.
At least until the new labeling requirements (which will specify added sugars), the only way to know how much sugar is added is to read the ingredient label. Ingredients are listed in descending order according to weight, with the ingredients contributing the most weight listed first. So, if sugar is listed in the first few ingredients, or listed more than one time, you can stop reading. It’s a sugar bomb. Best to just walk away.
Sugar by any other name is Sugar.
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By: Linda Soloniuk, RN, MA
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