Recently there has been a lot of talk about what sugar does to the body. Over the course of the 15-year study, participants who took in 25% or more of their daily calories as sugar were more than twice as likely to die from heart disease as those whose diets included less than 10% added sugar. Overall, the odds of dying from heart disease rose in tandem with the percentage of sugar in the diet—and that was true regardless of a person’s age, sex, physical activity level, and body-mass index (a measure of weight). Here are some foods that you would never think contain high amounts of sugar.
5. Oat Cereal
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Eating oatmeal or cold cereal for breakfast can be a great start to your day. Some "healthy" cereals such as granola, cereal with clusters and raisin bran are well disguised and can contain just as much sugar as the obvious sweetened cereals. Look for cereal that contains less than 5 grams per serving. Flavored oatmeal is also loaded with sugar. Stick with plain oatmeal and add fruit for flavor or buy the lower-sugar versions. Steer clear of the 3 C's when it comes to cereal clusters, crunch, and crisps. Start reading the Nutrition Facts on your processed foods to make certain you are not eating any hidden extra sugar. Sugar is disquised by many aliases such as, sucrose, cane juice, simple syrup, fruit juice, and dozens more. Leave comments below about ways that you were able to cut sugar out of you and your family's diet.
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