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15 Subtle Signs You’re Eating Too Much Sugar

Eat This, Not That! Logo By Colleen de Bellefonds of Eat This, Not That! | Slide 1 of 19: You’ve finally kicked the ice-cream-after-dinner habit. There’s no way you’re eating too much sugar. Right? While nixing obvious sugar bombs like candy and cake is a huge step toward a healthier diet, there are lots of other places sugar hides. That includes everything from high fructose corn syrup found in some salad dressings to fruit juice added to “all natural” protein bars.In fact, a 2016 study found that ultra-processed foods—foods with added flavors, colors, sweeteners, emulsifiers and other additives—made up nearly 60 percent of the average American’s calorie intake. Ultra-processed foods were five-fold higher in sugar than unprocessed and processed foods, contributing to nearly 90 percent of our sugar intake. Clearly, all of us need to be looking a bit closer at our labels. With that said, if you suspect that you have been eating too many processed foods with added sugar, look out for these subtle signs. And if you’re looking for a more in-depth guide to curbing your sweet tooth and kicking your sugar addiction for good, grab a copy of The 14-Day No Sugar Diet. It’s filled with healthy swaps, grocery shopping lists, dining out guides, and meal plans to help you make the best food choices.

15 Subtle Signs You’re Eating Too Much Sugar

You’ve finally kicked the ice-cream-after-dinner habit. There’s no way you’re eating too much sugar. Right? While nixing obvious sugar bombs like candy and cake is a huge step toward a healthier diet, there are lots of other places sugar hides. That includes everything from high fructose corn syrup found in some salad dressings to fruit juice added to “all natural” protein bars.

In fact, a 2016 study found that ultra-processed foods—foods with added flavors, colors, sweeteners, emulsifiers and other additives—made up nearly 60 percent of the average American’s calorie intake. Ultra-processed foods were five-fold higher in sugar than unprocessed and processed foods, contributing to nearly 90 percent of our sugar intake. Clearly, all of us need to be looking a bit closer at our labels. With that said, if you suspect that you have been eating too many processed foods with added sugar, look out for these subtle signs. And if you’re looking for a more in-depth guide to curbing your sweet tooth and kicking your sugar addiction for good, grab a copy of The 14-Day No Sugar Diet. It’s filled with healthy swaps, grocery shopping lists, dining out guides, and meal plans to help you make the best food choices.

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