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Ways Sugar May Be Hiding in Your Diet

Posted on 5/15/2019 by Dr. Chapko
Ways Sugar May Be Hiding in Your DietMany people have very carefully cut out sugary foods from their diets, or so they think. The truth is that cutting out sugar isn't always as easy as you think.

Sure, you can stop eating candy, cake, and other sweets, and you can cut out soda and other sugary drinks. But what about that sugar that's hidden in foods you would never suspect? Here are a few ways sugar may be sneaking into your diet.

Sugar Isn't Called Sugar

If you diligently read labels, you may already know that sugar is often called something different. It's often listed as sucrose, glucose, or dextrose. Other packaging may list fructose, high-fructose corn syrup, lactose, palm syrup, or maltodextrin. These are all more or less sugar. If you see one of these things listed among the first five ingredients, it means the food has a lot of sugar in it. Even if it's further down the list, you may want to reconsider adding that food to your diet.

It's Natural
If you eat a lot of fruits, you might assume you're eating a very healthy diet. Unfortunately, that's not always the case. Sugar isn't always artificial, but even natural sugar can damage your teeth. Honey and maple syrup are also two foods that contain a large amount of natural sugar, although they also contain a good amount of antioxidants and other nutrients. Don't cut out all fruits because they are good for you, but be sure you eat them in moderation.

Skip the Sauce
Finally, another way sugar can sneak into your diet is through sauces, especially sweet sauces. Barbecue sauce, teriyaki sauce, and many of the sauces you get from fast food restaurants are very high in sugar, so cut them out if you can.

If you've eaten some of these sources of sugar, don't worry—we will help keep your teeth as healthy as possible. Visit us every six months so we can clean your teeth and check for serious oral health problems.
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