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October 23, 2012

Nutrition Tips for Mature Adults: Hidden Sugars on Food Labels

We’'re all being more careful about what we eat these days; our fast food nation is becoming a country of label readers and calorie counters. Public concern about obesity, diabetes, and heart disease has made us more aware of what is in the food we put in our mouths and how it affects our bodies. We’'ve learned to check food labels for fat, salt, and sugar content. Our increasing national preference for foods that are low-fat, low-sodium, low-sugar, and low-calorie is reflected in the plethora of healthy-choice foods that crowd grocery store shelves. Even our favorite snacks now come in handy 100-calorie packs to help us control our cravings.

Spotting Hidden Sugars 

Labeling requirements that itemize serving sizes and calorie counts, as well as fat, salt, sugar, fiber and vitamin content, make it easier than ever before to stock your kitchen shelves with healthy foods and create meals that target your personal health needs. But while food labels clearly spell out fat content and salt (sodium) content, determining how much and what kind of sugar food products contain can be a challenge. While food labels are required to list total sugar per serving, they don’'t have to differentiate between naturally-occurring and added sugar. 

When reading food labels, watch for these added sugars: corn syrup, fruit juice concentrate, molasses, glucose, sucrose, dextrose, and maltose. 

When you become a part of Kendal Northern Ohio, you know you and your nutritional needs are being cared for. Our chefs at Kendal at Oberlin are always looking for new ways to create delicious, healthful meals that meet the nutritional needs of our residents without sacrificing flavor. Prepackaged meals from the Kendal at Oberlin kitchen are also available to members of Kendal at Home. 

For more ways to remain happy and independent as you age, download our free guide, 11 Ways to Age Successfully at Home.

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Photo: Heather Ingram



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