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Most Packaged Foods Have Added Sugar

by Berkeley Wellness  

Two-thirds of all packaged foods and beverages contain added sugar, according to a study in CMAJ Open that looked at more than 40,000 products found in a major Canadian grocery store. The researchers looked for 30 different sugar terms on ingredients lists, from sucrose, fructose, corn syrup, and dextrose to honey, molasses, agave, and fruit juice concentrate. The highest sugar content was seen in expected sources such as snacks, candies, bakery goods, breakfast cereals, and soft drinks, but also in baby foods, condiments, sauces, and spreads.

These results are comparable to estimates reported in the United States. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans advise that added sugars provide less than 10 percent of total daily calories. On average, Americans consume almost twice that much—not surprising, given how prevalent sugar is in our food supply.

Also see Is Sugar Making Us Sick?