Health & Fit 10 Places Sugar Is Lurking in Your Pantry

18:32  12 october  2017
18:32  12 october  2017 Source:   Taste of Home

Man builds a food pantry on his lawn so the hungry can eat

  Man builds a food pantry on his lawn so the hungry can eat Roman Espinoza's lawn in Watertown, New York, has something different: a "Blessing Box" filled with food available to any and all who need it. The concept is simple. The box is a miniature food pantry -- receiving items from those who want to donate, and offering it to those who need them."Whether you're taking or giving, you can just go to the blessing box," Espinoza told CNN. "There's not a lock on it -- it's open 24 hours a day, seven days a week."A community ralliesThe idea came to the 46-year-old Army veteran while taking a class on human services at a local community college.

Secret sugars lurk in foods you'd never suspect. Secret sugars are likely lurking in every corner of your kitchen, from the innocent-looking pasta sauce in your pantry to the frozen pizza chilling in your freezer.

The Weird Places Sugar Hides In Your Kitchen. Secret sugars are likely lurking in every corner of your kitchen, from the innocent-looking pasta sauce in your pantry to the frozen pizza chilling in your freezer.

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 We've all heard the spiel that sugar is in almost everything. From junk food to foods that are advertised as healthy (we're looking at you, yogurt), it seems we just can't get away from the sweet stuff!If you're trying to cut added sugar from your diet, you've gotta know how to read a food label. Beware of these 10 terms. 

1. Sucrose

This is a fancier way of saying "table sugar," and it's the most common type. It occurs naturally in some fruits and vegetables, but you can also find it in all those sugary foods: candy, cookies, ice cream, cereal, ketchup, toaster pastries and so on. 

2. Fructose

Fructose is another sugar found in fruits. You may be thinking, Isn't fruit good for you? Of course it is...when it's accompanied by fiber (in an apple, for example). The problem is when fructose is stripped from fiber and added to packaged foods such as sweetened yogurt. 

3. High Fructose Corn Syrup

HFCS, a popular sweetener in the U.S., is derived from cornstarch, But don't let the "corn" fool you into thinking it's as healthy as what's on the cob! Here, it's processed into liquid form and added to a multitude of processed foods. 

4. Turbinado Sugar

This "sugar in the raw" is light brown in color and tends to be thought of as a healthier form of sugar because you find it on the labels of many organic and so-called whole foods. But sugar is sugar! Even though it sounds exotic, this sugar gets its name from being produced in a turbine. 

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Man builds a food pantry on his lawn so the hungry can eat

  Man builds a food pantry on his lawn so the hungry can eat Roman Espinoza's lawn in Watertown, New York, has something different: a "Blessing Box" filled with food available to any and all who need it. The concept is simple. The box is a miniature food pantry -- receiving items from those who want to donate, and offering it to those who need them."Whether you're taking or giving, you can just go to the blessing box," Espinoza told CNN. "There's not a lock on it -- it's open 24 hours a day, seven days a week."A community ralliesThe idea came to the 46-year-old Army veteran while taking a class on human services at a local community college.

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Sugar lurks in the strangest places . So if you’re not careful, you may find yourself unintentionally binging on too much sweet stuff.

5. Barley Malt Syrup

Made from sprouted barley, this is a thick, sticky liquid. Like turbinado sugar, it tends to be used more in "healthy" products because it is digested more slowly than table sugar. However, the glycemic index of barley malt syrup is very similar. 

6. Dextrose

Dextrose is a type of sugar made from starches, making it abundant and cheap for processed- food manufacturers. It's considered "natural" because it comes from a natural source, but dextrose is just as unhealthy as any other sugar! 

7. Evaporated Cane Juice

This substance is made from cane juice that's been filtered, evaporated into syrup, crystallized and cured. Evaporated cane juice has almost the exact nutritional value of white sugar (which is also made from sugar cane), but it's been dubbed a healthier alternative because it's mostly organic. Guess what? "Organic" doesn't always equal healthier! 

8. Agave Nectar

Touted as a healthier sweetener and an alternative to sugar, agave nectar comes from the agave plant. It doesn't spike blood sugar as much as regular sugar, but has been found to contain 70 to 90 percent fructose, which is actually worse than white sugar for metabolic health. Don't be fooled by the health claims! 

9. Maltodextrin

Because it doesn't contain the familiar -ose ending like many processed sweeteners, maltodextrin is often overlooked as a type of sugar. It's typically made from cornstarch, but can also be created from potatoes and rice. In addition to being a sweetener, it's used as a thickening agent in salad dressing and other foods. 

10. Fruit Juice Concentrate

Because it's derived from (you guessed it) fruit juice, this ingredient may cause a sigh of relief. But be aware that it is still added sugar. Eating the whole fruit is way better for you! Now that you know where to find added sugar, you can do something about it. Check the ingredient list before buying any processed or packaged food—or, better yet, make your own. Feel empowered to make a difference in the way you eat.Bethany DiCarlo co-created the food blog Athletic Avocado with her twin sister, Rachel. A graduate student at Drexel University, she is studying to become a registered dietitian.

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Krispy Kreme doughnut or a little tub of Chobani Greek yogurt: what's worse? A personal trainer recently looked into the sugar content of "healthy" foods compared to junk foods — you may be surprised.Australian-based personal trainer Chris Duncan recently posted comparison photos on Instagram to show how deceiving certain foods can be when it comes to sugar. In the photo, he compared the sugar content of the "highly demonized" Krispy Kreme doughnut with a Chobani Greek yogurt. The blueberry flavored yogurt has more than 16 grams of sugar compared to the doughnut which has 12.3 grams.

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