Sunday, January 9, 2011

Find hidden meaning in product ingredients

We are familiar with terms like “sugar” and “fat”, but manufactures don’t always display these words in black and white. Check out the list of related terms below, so you can figure out when they are hidden in your foods.

Sugar can also be stated as…

• Sucrose, fructose, dextrose, etc.
• Corn syrup
• High fructose corn syrup
• Honey
• Maple syrup
• Evaporated cane juice
• Mannitol
• Sorbitol
• Chicory/carob/inulin/tapioca syrup
• Caramel
• Molasses
• Cane juice crystals

Recommended sugar intake per day:

• Men = nine teaspoons
• Women = six teaspoons
• Current American average = 22 teaspoons (due to hidden sugars in products)

Trans Fat can also be stated as…

• Hydrogenated/partially hydrogenated oils
• Shortening
• Margarine

Recommended trans fat intake per day:

• Men & Women = No more than 2 grams
• Current American average = Up to 6 grams per day

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