Here’s how to avoid hidden sugar in your diet

It’s obvious you should keep an eye on your sugar intake. But are there not-so-obvious ways you’re consuming sugar?

Yes. Take honey for example.

Honey is often believed to have health properties as it contains trace amounts of some vitamins and minerals. However, honey is primarily made of sugar. In fact, sugar, agave nectar, honey, corn syrup, you name it – although these sweeteners may have different chemical properties, tastes and various effects on our bodies, they are all considered sugar.

So why is added sugar such a big deal?

The United States is the world leader in added sugar consumption, a contributing factor to its world-high obesity rates for both children and adults. Consuming high amounts of added sugar is also related to an increased risk for chronic diseases including Type 2 diabetes, heart disease and hypertension. The 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines recommend children and adults limit added sugar intake to less than ten percent of calories and instead eat more fruit, vegetables and whole grains…….

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