5. Hidden Sugar
Unfortunately, most people don’t read ingredient lists before making a purchase.
But even for those who do, food manufacturers still have ways of disguising the true contents of their products.
On ingredient lists, the components are listed in descending order by amount. If you see sugar in the first few spots, then you know that the product is loaded with sugar.
However, food manufacturers often put different types of sugar in their products. A food may contain sugar, high-fructose corn syrup and evaporated cane juice, which are all different names for the exact same thing — sugar.
This way, they can have some other, healthier-sounding ingredient as number one on the list. Nevertheless, if you were to add up the amounts of these three different types of sugar, sugar would be at the top.
This is a clever way to mask the true amount of refined sugar in processed foods.
Here’s an article on the 56 most common names for sugar.
Make sure to check whether a product contains more than one type of sugar. If that’s the case, sugar may really be among the top ingredients.