Avoid the Hid­den Su­gar Ef­fect

Sunday Star - - LIFE -

The fre­netic pace of sum­mer ac­tiv­i­ties makes on-the-go foods the norm. While many por­ta­ble snacks tout healthy ben­e­fits and good-for-you nutrition, it’s easy to be con­fused about what truly makes up nutri­tious foods, as well as how the body re­sponds to var­i­ous foods.

Ac­cord­ing to the re­cent Su­gar Gap Study con­ducted by Atkins Nutri­tion­als, Inc., there is a sig­nif­i­cant gap in Amer­i­cans’ knowl­edge about nutrition and the “hid­den su­gar ef­fect,” where cer­tain foods turn into su­gar dur­ing the di­ges­tive process. While a per­son can’t see these sugars, his or her body can. The study re­vealed that only 1 in 10 Amer­i­cans are aware that cer­tain foods can cause the hid­den su­gar ef­fect.

Make bet­ter choices and avoid hid­den sugars this sum­mer with these tips for find­ing foods that won’t cre­ate ex­ces­sive su­gar spikes: Beware of sug­ary bev­er­ages, es­pe­cially fruit juices. Keep­ing well hy­drated is es­pe­cially im­por­tant when tem­per­a­tures rise, but sweet drinks can pack an ex­ces­sive amount of su­gar. Know that not all snack bars are cre­ated equal – with many pack­ing a sug­ary punch. An op­tion such as the Atkins Har­vest Trail Co­conut Al­mond Bar com­bines roasted co­conut and al­monds which can keep you feel­ing full and sat­is­fied with­out the hid­den sugars. Un­der­stand which foods can cause blood su­gar spikes – it’s more than cakes and candy. All car­bo­hy­drates el­e­vate blood su­gar; even an­cient grains and brown rice con­vert into su­gar when di­gested, mak­ing it im­por­tant to en­joy these foods in smaller por­tions. Learn more at hid­den­sugar.com.

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