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Several hidden sources of sugar can sneak in your diet: experts warn

Several hidden sources of sugar can sneak in your diet: experts warn

New Delhi: A lot of people who follow strict diet regimen minimizing intake of sugar often end up eating a large quantity of sugar from sources they thought safe, The Indian Express reported citing experts.

Diabetes and overweight suggest sugar consumption; however there are several lesser-known signs to know if somebody is taking too much sugar.

The outlet cited Dr Rupy Aujla as saying on Instagram: “Aside from the more obvious signs such as weight gain and frequent energy crashes, there are some more unusual signs and symptoms that you may not have come across before (sic).”

Sugar could lurk in foods that are otherwise thought to be safe and people tend to rely on them.

‘Sugar lurks in many places you wouldn’t expect, even in foods marketed as healthy.’ Kanikka Malhotra, consultant dietician and certified diabetes educator, was quoted as saying.

One of several sources of sugar that escapes your notice is low-fat yogurts, according to the report.

It is reported that a single cup of it can contain 11 teaspoons of sugar, no doubt it is a dangerous quantity of sugar.

The report details other hidden sources including granola bars; this otherwise healthy snack could contain brown sugar, corn syrup and agave nectar. Next time look for bars containing less than 5 grams of added sugar.

Salad often comes with creamy dressings and sugary vinaigrettes, which can add grams of sugar to you healthy diet.

Pasta sauces can contain 6 to 12 grams of sugar in half-cup serving, which is a lot of sugar.

So is the case of instant oatmeal, a staple food for a large number of people, often carries added sugars, so go for plain oatmeal.

Meanwhile, Kanikka Malhotra, consultant dietician and certified diabetes educator, reminds that regarding sugar consumption, there ‘some potential signs, and the cause could be something else entirely’.

One of the signs is the low energy and poor sleep following eating sugar and subsequent fall in energy. Sugar could cause momentary spike in energy before it plummets. Also, sugar can disturb sleep cycles making it hard for you to fall asleep.

The fluctuations in blood sugar can impact your mood causing irritability and mood swings, leading to anxiety and symptoms of depression.

Excessive intake of sugar can upset the balance gut bacteria leading to bloating, discomfort and digestive issues.

It is reported that chronic sinus problems could stem from weakened immune systems caused by high sugar intake.

However, experts did not directly link sugar intake to chronic sinus problems.

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