Sneaky Ways They Try to Trick You: Hidden Sugars on Food Labels
Hidden Sugars are sneaky ways that manufacturers try to trick consumers into thinking they’re getting real nutrition when in fact they aren’t. Sugar is one of these sneaky ways.
Here’s what you need to know about hidden sugars and their effects on your health.
What Are Hidden Sugars?
Hidden sugars are any substances added to processed foods or beverages that don’t have nutritional value. These include artificial sweeteners like aspartame (NutraSweet), sucralose (Splenda) and saccharin (Diet Rite). These substances may not be listed on the label but they still affect your body because they aren’t naturally occurring in nature. If you eat too many of them, you’ll get sick from it.
How Do Hidden Sugars Work?
These substances mimic natural sugars found in fruits and vegetables. When consumed, they cause the same effect as eating those foods. So if you ate a banana with your meal, you’d end up feeling hungry again. But if you had some hidden sugar instead, then after eating that fruit, you wouldn’t feel full at all! That’s because the hidden sugar causes your brain to think it’s getting something else rather than nourishment.
The Hidden Dangers of Hidden Sugars
Too much hidden sugars can lead to several health concerns. In fact, it can increase your risk for certain lifestyle-related diseases as well as death.
Not only that, but it can cause you to feel tired and weak while contributing to unwanted pounds you’re trying to shed. That’s why learning how to read food labels is so important.
The most common sources of hidden sugars are:
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