Sugar: Hiding in plain sight (TED video)

Here's an informative video from TED Education about the issue of added sugar in foods.

"While sugar is easy to spot in candy, soft drinks and ice cream, it also hides out in foods you might not expect -- including peanut butter, pasta sauce and even bologna! Robert Lustig decodes confusing labels and sugar's many aliases to help determine just how much of that sweet carbohydrate makes its way into our diets."

The video explains how to spot hidden sugar in the list of ingredients and outlines some reasons why sugar is so common in food products.  

“Added sugars found in three quarters of the more than 600,000 items available at grocery stores.”  

Amazingly, the USA FDA does not set a suggested daily limit for sugar. Recently, the World Health Organization recommended limited added sugar intake to about 25g per day, or 5% of total calories.

The video is a good introduction to added sugars, but is missing some aspects of the sugar issue. Specifically, it does not address the addictiveness of sugar and its drug-like effects on your brain, nor is there any discussion about insulin resistance or blood sugar concerns. Still, it is a well made and informative video worth watching and sharing with your friends and loved ones.

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