Test your product sugar knowledge with this quiz

By now you all know the drill—sugar is bad for health. I imagine most readers have switched off of sweet soft drinks (hopefully the artificially sweetened ones too) and are keenly aware that they are taking a detour from their healthy path when they drink sodas or eat candy, cake, pie, cookies, puddings, ice cream, most commercial yogurts, popular cereals and the like. However, sugar lurks in many more surprising products in the grocery store. So, I took a stroll down the aisles where you might not think to look and created this quiz. At the end there will be a link to the correct answers.)

The Sugar Quiz

High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS). Sweet is sweet right? Not really…there is more to it. HFCS is corn syrup that has been altered to turn much of its natural sugars into fructose. Excess fructose consumption can lead to increased VLDL cholesterol, fat around our organs, high blood pressure, gout, fatty liver, insulin resistance (headed to diabetes), constant hunger and obesity. But, wait you say, isn’t fructose the kind that is in fruit? Yes, and that is why most functional medicine doctors caution against eating too much fruit. Which item of these A or B pairs contains HFCS?

A. Vlasic Sweet Relish

B. Vlasic Zesty Bread & Butter Pickle Chips

A. Kraft Classic Catalina Fat-Free Dressing

B. Hershey’s Chocolate Syrup

A. Great Value Honey Barbecue Seasoned Chicken Wings

B. Minute Maid Premium Grape Punch

A. Campbell’s Tomato Soup

B. Van Camp’s Baked Beans

A. Kikkoman Teriyaki Sauce

B. Sweet Baby Ray’s Original BBQ Sauce

Added refined sugar. That includes sugar by several names: sugar, brown sugar, cane sugar, and dextrose. Regular corn syrup (not the same as HFCS) and corn syrup solids are also frequently used sweeteners. Today’s corn syrups and dextrose (which is from corn) are a source of the neurotoxin, mercury. Which of these pairs contains added sugars?

A. Hormel Label Maple Bacon

B. Oscar Mayer Turkey Uncured Franks

A. Kraft French Onion Dip

B. Jif Reduced Fat Peanut butter

A. Ruffles Baked Cheddar & Sour Cream Chips

B. Sun Chips

A. Mrs. Baird’s Honey Wheat Bread

B. Mrs. Baird’s 100% Whole Wheat Bread

A. Marie Callender’s Salisbury Steak

B. Healthy Choice General Tso’s Spicy Chicken

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