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Q+A I’m trying to cut back on added sugar. What are some less obvious things to avoid?

Added sugar — that which does not occur naturally in a food — contributes to about 17 percent of the. And according to a study published in , excessive amounts of sugar can alter fat metabolism and increase health issues, even in healthy individuals. Obviously, things like desserts and soda have oodles of sugar, but there are lots of places it hides that you might not expect. Things like flavored yogurts, condiments, salad dressings, cereals, grain bars and frozen meals often have high amounts of sugar. Read ingredient lists carefully, and also beware of sugar aliases such as cane juice, brown rice syrup, honey and high-fructose corn syrup.

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