The Difficulty of Tracking Sugar in Processed Foods

There is an epidemic of obesity in our society which is caused in a large part by the amount of sugar calories in our diet. A new study has provided more evidence of how difficult it is to track the amount of sugar in processed foods. The biggest problem is the many different names sugar is called because suppliers don’t want to admit that they are adding sugar to their food products. The study found that more than 2/3 of processed foods contain added sugar. This makes processed foods a poor dietary choice for limiting sugar intake to healthy levels.

Last year, the World Health Organization said people around the globe are consuming too much sugar and should reduce their intake to just 12 teaspoons a day, or 6 teaspoons for “additional health benefits.” A single can of cola has about 10 teaspoons of sugar.

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