Many of us are watching our sugar intake for one reason or another. Some it's for their diabetes, others are trying to lose weight and others like me it's because the less you eat the better you feel. Add in the less sugar and caffeine I take in the less migraines I end up with! There is also the added benifit of losing weight. I went down a whole pant size cutting out soda and other sugary drinks from my diet!
So what are we to do other then check and read label with can be a BIG pain with all the hidden sugars and sweeteners lately. So I'm excited to find SugarChecked. SugarChecked is a mobile application that, upon scanning a product, gives the user an alert based on their personal dietary sugar/sweetener preferences. If the product is deemed undesirable for the user, then the app suggests suitable and related alternatives.
There are four types of sugar or sweeteners that people tend to choose to avoid:
- Added Sugars
- Artificial Sweeteners
- Sugar Alcohols
- Natural low-calorie sweeteners
Many foods have hidden sugars even when you think they are healthy. Unfortunately, ambiguous labeling can lead the average parent to think these snacks are a healthy choice for their child. For instance, a granola bar can have front-of-label packaging that boasts claims like “whole grains” and “all natural” but on the back, the ingredient list may list five or six different types of sugar added to the product.
Now don't get me wrong, a little sugar in the diet is OK, and in fact, is needed for optimum growth in children. But excess sugar, especially in the foods that we think are the healthiest is what may be prohibiting all of us from optimal health.
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to download the app!