Print this page
Do You Know Where Sugar Hides?
Published: 01/20/2013

Is sugar affecting your health? According to the National Cancer Institute, Americans consume an average of about 22 teaspoons a day of added sugar, far exceeding the maximum of six teaspoons for women and nine for men that the American Heart Association (AHA) recommends. Health issues such as mood swings, rheumatoid arthritis and cavities can be affected by sugar intake, and the AHA says that added sugar is associated with increased risks of high blood pressure and high triglyceride levels.

To understand how much sugar you are consuming, start by reading labels and minimizing the products that list sugar as one of the main ingredients. Familiarize yourself with the other words that signal sugar: dextrose, glucose, sucrose, fruit-juice concentrate, malt syrup, maltose, molasses, beet sugar, high-fructose corn syrup and evaporated cane juice.

Also be aware of products that may seem innocent but often contain excessive amounts of sugar, including: 

  1. Prepared and packaged foods – sugar is a flavor enhancer, so read the labels of flavored yogurts, cereal (including flavored oatmeal), frozen waffles and canned goods. Also be aware that many cold cereals that are regarded as unsweetened – such as many brands of corn flakes – contain significant amounts of added sugar.
  2. Drinks – juice, sports drinks and alcohol may all contain added sugar, as can coffee drinks that include anything more than coffee.
  3. Condiments – prepared salad dressings, barbeque sauce, ketchup, jams and jellies are common culprits.  
Find out which vitamins are right for you.
Everyone's dietary needs are different based on a number of factors including lifestyle, diet, medications and more. To find out what vitamins you need, take the Weil Vitamin Advisor. This 3-step questionnaire requires just minutes to complete, and generates a free, no-obligation vitamin and nutritional supplement recommendation that is personalized to meet your unique nutritional needs.

Getting Your Diet Right
With a little focus and practice, your diet can be healthy the majority of the time. Start on the path to an optimum lifestyle – join Dr. Weil on Healthy Aging for access to hundreds of healthful recipes – including desserts – and dozens of eating tips, articles and guides. Start your 14-day free trial now, and save 30% when you become a member!


Do You Know Why You Need Vitamin K? Find Out! 08/30/2016
Good News For Chocolate Lovers: Dark Chocolate Can Be Healthful! 08/29/2016
Are Mud Baths Safe Or Unhealthy? 08/28/2016
Does Your Pantry Hold The Keys To A Naturally Clean Home? 08/27/2016
Want To Increase Your Stamina? This Exercise Can Help! 8/24/2016
                        
Subscribe to Dr. Weil's channel on Vimeo for great health-related videos.
Become a fan on Facebook and join our lively conversations.
See what Dr. Weil is tweeting about today on Twitter.
Watch and subscribe to Dr. Weil's YouTube channel.
What's on the blog today? Dr. Weil's daily health tips and more.
Visit our Multimedia Library for videos and photo essays.
Find Dr. Weil's travel, pet, food, and other photos at Flickr.
Read vitamin-related information from the Vitamin Advisor"s Facebook page.
See all of Dr. Weil's pins on Pinterest.
     Click here to subscribe.