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97% fat free often means packed with sugar.

Did you know that your body breaks down all carbohydrates into a basic sugar called glucose? Therefore, eating white bread or a teaspoon of sugar will have a similar effect on your body.

Many of us would be shocked to find out just how much sugar we regularly eat.

Sit down to a big bowl of some breakfast cereals, and you may be eating as much as 2 tablespoons of highly processed sugar! Almost any food you can think of has sugar added - be it white bread, a slice of cake, a biscuit, a muesli bar, dried fruit, low fat yoghurt, a chocolate bar, a tin of baked beans, peanut butter, jam, tinned fruitÉ And that's before we add sauces to our food (including most pre-made casserole, stir fry, and pasta sauces).

Sit down to a can of coke or lemonade, fruit juice, or cordial and your daily total jumps again. As it does when we add sugar to our tea or coffee.

Food manufacturers worked out years ago, that adding a little bit of sugar to their products made them far more desirable to consumers. Now almost every type of pre-packaged or processed food we eat has some type of sugar added.

97% fat free often means "Packed with sugar".

Do you remember when "fat free" products first appeared on the supermarket shelves? They tasted bland and boring! To make these products more appealing, food manufacturers decided to add sugar. This made the products taste much better, so an unwary public that has tried to eat low fat "health food" has been tricked into eating high sugar "junk food".

Did you know that some "low-fat" products now have sugar as their primary ingredient!

Would you let your children eat lollies for breakfast, lunch and tea if they were labeled "low-fat"? Of course not, because you know that excess sugar and colorings are bad for them.

Unfortunately, food manufacturers trying to sell their products to a health conscious consumer have tricked us into doing just that - eating excessive amounts of sugar with every meal!

The hidden sugars.

Even if a food is labelled "no added sugar" you may be eating more sugar than you think. By law, the only ingredient that manufacturers must label as sugar is sucrose. However, the other sugars that have been added could be labelled as:

Dextrose

Lactose

Maltose

Maltodextrin

Brown sugar

Raw sugar / Fructose

Molasses

Honey

Corn syrup

White grape juice

Therefore, a "no added sugar" product could actually have a lot of sugars added under any of the above names (or a combination of any of the above).

Another way of tricking consumers into thinking that a product is low in sugar is to move the sugars down the ingredients list. This is done by splitting the sugars between a number of different types. Assume a product is 40% sugar. Rather than showing sugar as the first or second ingredient, the manufacturer may use 20% dextrose and 20% fructose, moving the "sugar" content further down the list! Keep an eye out for multiple entries from the above list of sugars.

If you read the ingredients list and nutritional panel, you will quickly see if a product is high in sugary carbohydrates or not.