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The average American consumes over 100 pounds of sugar a year.  Where is all that sugar coming from? It’s being added to almost every category of food and drink. (See the lists below)

Added sugars are sugars and syrups that are added to foods and beverages during processing or preparation. This does not include naturally occurring sugars in milk and fruits.

Foods that contain most of the added sugars in American diets are:

  • regular soft drinks
  • candy
  • cakes
  • cookies
  • pies
  • fruit drinks, fruit punch and sweetened beverages
  • milk-based desserts and products: ice cream, sweetened yogurt and sweetened milk like chocolate milk
  • bread products: sweet rolls and cinnamon toast

Look for sugar and the many names for sugar, in not so obvious foods and condiments:

Soups                                                   Ketchup

Crackers                                               Barbecue sauce

Macaroni and Cheese                             Salad dressing

Bread                                                   Stuffing Mix

Hamburger buns                                   Breakfast Cereals

Pasta Sauce                                          Juice drinks

Check the ingredient list on the label of food and beverages for the different names for sugar, then check the number of grams of sugar on the nutrition facts label.

Love, Health & Happiness,

Phyllis

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