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  • Writer's pictureIsha Choudhary

Uncovering Hidden Sugars in Processed Foods: A Guide to Healthy Sugar Alternatives

In today's fast-paced world, convenience often comes at a cost to our health, especially when it comes to hidden sugars lurking in processed foods. While these sugars may seem harmless, they can contribute to various health issues like obesity, diabetes, and heart disease. But fear not! With a little knowledge and some healthier alternatives, you can navigate the grocery aisles with confidence and satisfy your sweet cravings guilt-free.

Identifying Hidden Sugars:

  • Scan ingredient lists for sneaky sugars like high fructose corn syrup, maltose, dextrose, and any other words ending in "-ose."

  • Watch out for disguised sugars under names like "evaporated cane juice," "fruit juice concentrate," or "syrup."

  • Don't just rely on the "sugar" line in the nutrition facts. Look at the total carbohydrate count and compare it to the serving size to gauge the sugar content accurately.

  • These often compensate for flavor by adding extra sugar. Opt for full-fat alternatives or products sweetened with natural alternatives.

  • Instead of reaching for processed snacks and desserts, opt for whole, unprocessed foods like fruits, nuts, and plain yogurt.

Healthy Sugar Alternatives to buy from Amma Naana International Gourmet Store at Chennai
Healthy Sugar Alternatives

Healthier Sugar Alternatives to Satisfy Sweet Cravings:

  • Nature's candy! Enjoy the natural sweetness of fruits like berries, apples, and oranges. They're packed with vitamins, fiber, and antioxidants.

  • Swap refined sugars for healthier alternatives like honey, maple syrup, stevia, or monk fruit extract. These options add sweetness without the blood sugar spikes.

  • Indulge in a square of dark chocolate (70% cocoa or higher) for a decadent treat that's rich in antioxidants and lower in sugar than milk chocolate.

  • Get creative in the kitchen and whip up your own sweet treats using household ingredients like oats, nuts, seeds, and dried fruits. Try energy balls, granola bars, or fruit smoothies.


At Amma Naana International Gourmet Store, we understand the importance of making informed choices about your nutrition. Our wide range of household ingredients and products from across the globe ensures that you have access to everything you need to create delicious, healthy alternatives to satisfy your sweet cravings. Say goodbye to hidden sugars and hello to a happier, healthier you!

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