How to spot added sugar How to spot added sugar

To reduce your daily sugar intake, you must be able to distinguish between products that contain natural sugars and those that contain added sugars.

Natural sugars are those that are naturally present in food that are not actually harmful to the body as long as there are consumed in the right amounts. Examples include the lactose in milk, and some fruits and vegetables. Added sugars, on the other hand, are added to foods when they are being processed; they are a type of glucose that reaches the blood stream quickly and increase the risk of being overweight, obese or of having diabetes, among other diseases, according to the Harvard School of Public Health.

Added sugars are not just found in sodas, candies or sweets. They also include yogurt, cereal, and crackers, along with many other products that use these sugars. It is therefore important to know how to read nutrition labels in order to reduce your consumption of the products that contain them.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture nutrition program, Choose My Plate, shares the following table with the different names of sugars that are considered added sugars.