HealthNews Bytes Jan/Feb 2007

Recognizing Sugar Content on Tricky Food Labels

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It should be easy to determine how much sugar is in a packaged food – but it’s not! It’s very tricky because the sugar content can actually be hidden in the ingredient list on food labels. It’s the interpretation of the label that makes it so tricky. There are three reasons for this. First of all, evaluating sugar and carbohydrate content on a food label is not as straight forward as evaluating fats and proteins.

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What’s the Problem with Artificial Sweeteners?

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Clients consistently ask, “What’s wrong with using artificial sweeteners if I’m trying to limit sugar intake?” In short, there are a lot of problems with artificial sweeteners. In fact, all of the current products on the market are actually toxic chemicals for your body. These days, Saccharin (the first real artificial sweetener) is used much less frequently, of course, since it was discovered years ago to cause cancer. It currently requires warning labels. Aspartame (common

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Sugar or Fructose — Which is the Better Choice?


Sugar is a good thing. It tastes good and in small amounts as a treat, does not interfere with health. It’s excessive sugar and simple carbohydrates that lead to problems. How much is too much? The average American consumes about 160 lbs. of sugars a year (gasp!), translated to about 40 teaspoonfuls a day. That’s way too much! One can of soda contains about 10 teaspoonfuls of sugar and a “can-a-day” habit can cause a

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