Dragging the American public kicking and screaming away from its favorite sugary treats is not easy. But it is even more difficult to break the news that it isn’t just that doughnut that’s laden with sugar. A majority of packaged foods of just about every kind come with hidden sugars that most people don’t know about.
A new project by a team of 12 scientists and public health professionals at the University of California in San Francisco have taken on this daunting task.
SugarScience.org, the Web site associated with the project, launched Monday promising the “unsweetened truth” about sugar. For the health conscious, the information should come as no surprise. But for a lot of Americans, the harsh truth might be harder to come to terms with.
Take some of the bits on the site’s homepage:
“Too much added sugar from soda and sports drinks can overload critical organs over time leading to serious disease.”
“Added sugar is hiding in 74 percent of packaged foods.”
“Too much fructose, a common form of sugar, can damage your liver, just like too much alcohol.”