That your food does not have a sweet taste to it does not mean that it hasn’t got any sugar in it. On the contrary, you’d be amazed at how much sugar can be found in our food; by this, I do not mean the naturally occurring sugars that you’d find in fruits or dairy products. On the contrary, I am referring to simple sugars like sucrose, fructose and the likes that are added to packaged and processed foods to improve the flavor or to increase the shelf life.

Simple sugars are bad for the health: they cause tooth decay, weight gain and even diabetes which can lead to blindness. It’s so painful that you spend time at the gym hoping to burn enough calories to lose the excess weight and after some months, you seem to have reached a plateau. You begin to question your workout routine, not knowing that the culprit might just be that energy bar or drink you snack on right after your workout or perhaps, your favorite salad dressing.

What’s more, simple sugars are incredibly addictive and often times improve the color and flavor of the meal, that’s why a lot of manufacturers rely on them, of course without consideration to our waistlines. This is why you do not see them listed as just “sugar” on the product label; oh no, they’ve got really fancy names for them. You would probably recognize them as fructose, sucrose, lactose, maltose…generally, if it ends with “ose”, it’s certainly sugar.

However, we’ve got an infographic that does a good job of exposing their hiding places.

 

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