Ultrametabolism by Mark Hyman, M.D.

I talk about sugar a lot - mostly because we are inundated with sugar in the majority of processed foods that we eat.  According to Dr. Hyman, the average person eats about 180 pounds of sugar a year - which comes out to about a half pound per person per day.  Yikes!  If you look at the ingredient list on many foods, it won't look like there is a lot of sugar in the product - This is because the sugar is hidden under names such as corn syrup, dextrose, sucrose, fructose and more.  Dr. Hyman recommends looking at the sugar grams on the ingredient list on the following products:  Breakfast cereals, salad dressings, luncheon meats (also watch for nitrates), canned fruits, bread, peanut butter, crackers, soups, yogurt, relish, chewing gum, jellies and jams, and frozen desserts.  These are a few products that we don't necessarily expect a large amount of sugar, but it is hidden there none the less.  If you want to cut back on sugar consumption, I do not recommend switching to artificial sweeteners - there are numerous health concerns that are caused by these products.  I first recommend avoiding or eliminating corn syrup, corn sugar, and high fructose corn syrup.  This one change can make a huge difference in sugar consumption.  Have a great day - Shanna

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