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I read an article that really hit home with me. It was called “Belly Fat and Its Causes.” Okay, I do have belly fat, but I really, really love what causes it. Are you ready? Wait for it, wait for it, it’s Sugar.” Sugar, are you serious? Sugar is so good.

The story proceeded to tell me what is good and what is not. I was surprised at some of the things the doctor said. It is a fact that manufacturers, in order to make many “healthy” foods, have packed them with extra sugar. That’s not healthy. It is also said that we eat 130 lbs. of extra sugar every year, just from the healthy food choices that we make every day. That is a lot of sugar. It is almost what I weigh (128 lbs.), and if you think reading labels will help you, just think again. There are so many names for hidden sugars that it is hard to figure out. Fructose and fructose syrup are the worst culprits, then comes dextrose, maltose and sorghum.

I’ll bet that you didn’t know that old fashioned oatmeal that you have to cook is not expensive and even with a drizzle of Maple syrup has only one gram of sugar per serving. The instant oatmeal that you think is just as good for you--think again. It has 14 grams of hidden sugar, with nothing on it, and it is expensive.

Do you drink ice tea in a bottle? The big name brands have 55 grams of sugar. 55 grams! That is 13 teaspoons of sugar in one bottle, not one gallon. The researcher suggested that a better choice was jasmine green energy tea.

Hazelnut spread has 21 grams of sugar, but Smucker’s organic natural creamy peanut butter has one gram. Multi-grain crackers contain as much as six grams of sugar and have up to three times the calories.

Believe it or not, Cheerios, the regular old fashion kind, has 14 grams less sugar then other “healthy” choices. That includes the popular Bran cereal. Last, but not least, is yogurt. Check your labels, as one major natural variety is packed with 33 grams of sugar. That is a little over eight teaspoons! That’s a lot of sugar.

Now that I know all of these facts, I will be checking for sugar content. I already check for salt.

If I check, maybe I’ll lose some “belly fat.”

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