Simple carbohydrates include sugars found naturally in foods like fruits, vegetables, milk and milk products. Simple carbohydrates also includes sugars that are added to foods during processing. The difference is that generally foods with added sugars have fewer nutrients than foods with naturally-occurring sugars.
How to avoid added sugars:
One way is to read ingredient lists on food labels. Look for these ingredients as added sugars:
- Brown sugar
- Corn sweetener
- Corn syrup
- Fruit juice concentrates
- High-fructose corn syrup
- Invert sugar
- Malt Syrup
- Raw sugar
When you see any of these ingredients you know the food has added sugars. Typically, the closer to the top of the list, the more of that sugar is in the food.
Tips for avoiding added sugars include:
- Choose water instead of sugar-sweetened sodas.
- Choose 4 fluid ounces of 100% fruit juice rather than a fruit drink.
- Have a piece of fruit for dessert and skip desserts with added sugar.
- Choose breakfast cereals that contain no or less added sugars
More on carbs and how many you should have in your diet next.
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