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Added Sugar Subtracts From Heart Health

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Fatty foods often get cited for promoting heart disease, but a study suggests that added sugar deserves at least part of the blame. Added sugars (see list, below) are often included in processed foods, even those not considered sweet (pasta sauce, bread, etc.). Researchers studied the eating habits and health of 12,000 people for an average of 15 years. Participants who got more than 25 percent of their calories from added sugars were 2 1/2  times more likely to die during the study from heart attacks and strokes than those whose added-sugar calories made up less than 10 percent of their diet. To find added sugars in foods, get familiar with the different types of sugars and check the ingredient list on the label.
Source: JAMA Internal Medicine, published online Feb. 3, 2014

Sugar Sleuth

The sugars on a product’s Nutrition Facts panel include both naturally occurring and added sugars. To see if the product has added sugars—a major source of excess calories—look for any of these terms in the ingredient list: 

Agave nectar
Anhydrous dextrose
Beet sugar
Brown rice syrup
Brown sugar
Cane crystals
Cane sugar
Coconut palm sugar
Confectioners’
powdered sugar
Corn sweetener
Corn syrup
Corn syrup solids
Crystalline fructose
Dextrose
Evaporated cane juice
Fructose
Fruit juice
concentrates
Fruit nectars
Glucose
High-fructose corn syrup (HFCS)
Honey
Invert sugar
Lactose
Maltose
Malt syrup
Maple syrup
Molasses
Pancake syrup
Powdered sugar
Raw sugar
Rice syrup
Sucrose
Sugar
Sugar cane syrup
Syrup
Table sugar
Turbinado
White granulated sugar

 
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