Sugar is sneaky. There are plenty of foods out there that we think of as healthy that have added sugar. Unfortunately we don’t know exactly how much added sugar there is, as companies are not required to make a distinction between natural and processed or added sugars on nutrition labels. They also don’t have to tell you what percent of the recommended daily value of added sugar their product contains. (fortunately the FDA has proprosed changing this – if the proposed changes can make it through the legislative process).
There is a lot in the news these days about the negative health effects of added sugar. Notably, increased sugar intake adds to the risk of heart disease, obesity, type 2 diabetes, cancer and many other health issues we would rather our children not have to experience. Continue reading