Some added sweeteners are easy to spot; they contain “sugar” or a similarly obvious word. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that brown sugar, confectioners sugar, and bar sugar are sweeteners.

How much sugar is hidden in your food?

Shocking Sugar Fact #1 – 4 grams of sugar = 1 teaspoon.

Now go look on labels of food you eat and see how much sugar is in each serving. Surprised? I was.

Shocking Fact #2 – It’s Easy to Eat More Sugar Than You Should

The American Heart Association recommends that adult women consume no more than 24 grams or 6 teaspoons of added sugar and men no more than 36 grams or 9 teaspoons per day.

Shocking Fact #3 – You Can’t Figure out the Added Sugar from the Grams of Sugar Listed on the Food Label

When I first learned how much added sugar is hidden in food products, I assumed that the ingredient label tells the whole story. But that’s not true. The sugar listed on a food label is not always just added sugar; it also includes sugar naturally occurring in the foods contained in the product.

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