1. Always read the ingredients.
Remember, they don’t have to tell you how much
sugar they’ve added to a product. But they DO have to tell you what’s IN the
product. That’s why you must read the ingredients list—even for “healthy” or
“natural” foods like frozen fruit or flavored yogurt. The ingredient list is where
you’ll be able to see in black and white whether or not there’s lots of sugar added.
What’s KEY here is that you be on the lookout for added sugar by all its names and
2. Learn all the names for sugar.
“Hidden” sugars go by names such as corn
syrup, high fructose corn syrup, corn sweetener, fruit juice concentrate or puree,
molasses, honey, and maple syrup. You may also see a variety of sugars like
raw sugar, beet sugar, brown sugar, cane sugar, and, of course, plain sugar.
Ingredients ending in “ose” like dextrose, fructose, glucose, lactose, maltose,
and sucrose all mean sugar! Read the whole list, and you might find four or five
sources of sugar in one product.