Surprising Sources of Added Sugar

Health & Well Being

Cutting back on added sugars is a smart move. It may help you limit unwanted calories and blood sugar spikes.

Sugar is one source of carbohydrates, or carbs, which raise blood sugar more than other foods. Some sugars occur naturally, in foods like fruits and milk. But other foods have sugar added to them. These added sugars and their calories can cause weight gain, often without providing nutritional benefits. And again, they may raise your blood sugar.

Not-so-sweet surprises

It’s no surprise you’ll find added sugars in foods like cakes, cookies, candies and regular sodas. But other potential sources of added sugars, like these, may surprise you:

  • Pasta sauce
  • Whole-grain breakfast cereals
  • Ketchup
  • Flavored oatmeal
  • Frozen dinners
  • Salad dressing

Check the label

When comparing foods at the grocery store, check the nutrition facts labels to find the amount of sugars added to items you are thinking of buying. Other names for added sugars include corn syrup, dextrose, fructose, glucose, honey, lactose, sucrose and turbinado.

Besides limiting products that contain added sugars, you can try preparing more foods from whole ingredients. For example, instead of flavored oatmeal, add a few naturally sweet berries to homemade oatmeal.

Strike a balance

Remember, balance is the key to healthy eating for people with diabetes and everyone else. Even sweets can be enjoyed occasionally. Ask your diabetes care team for help creating and following a healthy meal plan.

Wise food choices

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