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Whoa, There’s THIS Much Sugar in Your Favorite Condiments?

You may think you’re doing all the right things when it comes to minding your diet, including restricting your sugar uptake — but unless you’re reading the labels on your condiments, you may be consuming massive overloads of sugar without knowing it. As reported by Greatist, those seemingly innocuous drizzles of salad dressing or squirts of mustard may be packed with sugar, much of it going incognito as manufacturers use a variety of names for “sugar.” Even those listing zero sugar on the labels may actually have sugar in them.

When it comes to pseudonyms for sugar, there’s only one reason manufacturers use 56 different names for sugar, and that’s to cleverly confuse you when it comes to reading labels. From galactose to maltodextrone to dextrose to dozens of others, they are ALL sugar. But do you know that when you read the label? Or, did you know that Ethyl Maltol and Panela are also sugars used to sweeten your foods?

USDA Dietary Guidelines for suggest that you limit the amount of sugar you consume to 10 percent of your total daily calories. For a 2,000 calorie diet this amounts to 10 to 12 teaspoons, or just over the amount in one 12-ounce can of regular Coke. But if you’re using barbeque sauce on your meat, just 2 tablespoons contain 5 teaspoons of sugar — meaning you’re getting half your daily allotted sugar in the sauce, which explains how the average American consumes about 23 teaspoons of sugar every day, probably without even realizing it.

As a general recommendation, I advise keeping your total fructose consumption below 25 grams per day from all sources. Since 74 percent of processed foods contain added sugar, you can easily cut back by simply avoiding processed foods. Keep in mind, though, that although fruits are rich in nutrients and antioxidants, they also naturally contain fructose, and if consumed in high amounts may actually worsen your insulin sensitivity and raise your uric acid levels.
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