- Not all carbohydrates are made equal. However, many studies have shown that reducing overall carbohydrate intake can help with weight management.
- Added sugar which is a simple carbohydrate is usually very difficult to get away from since it is practically in everything we eat nowadays.
- The Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada was one of the first in the country to provide concrete recommendations on added sugar (position statement found in references).
- Added sugars are primarily found in: regular soft drinks, energy drinks, sports drinks, candy, cakes, cookies, pies, sweet rolls, pastries, donuts, fruit drinks, ice cream.
- Added sugar can go by many names, here are a few: anhydrous dextrose, brown sugar, confectioner's powdered sugar, corn syrup, dextrose, fructose, high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS), honey, lactose, malt syrup, maltose, maple syrup, molasses, nectars (e.g., peach nectar, pear nectar), raw sugar, sucrose, sugar, white granulated sugar.
- Ingredients are listed in descending order by weight, so where sugar is listed in relation to other ingredients can indicate how much sugar a particular food contains.
CONCLUSION: BE MORE AWARE OF ADDED SUGARS IN YOUR DIET AND TRY LIMITING INTAKE.
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