The 2015-2020 dietary guidelines for Americans recommend no more than 10% of your total daily calories come from added sugar. This means cutting back on sugar that isn’t a natural part of the food. A few hidden sources of added sugar: bottled salad dressings, bottled barbecue sauce, multigrain cereals, ketchup, canned or prepared baked beans, and bread.
Added sugar will be tough to decipher until the new food labels are released, however, because sugar can be listed under many different names. Look under the ingredient list for any of these common names for sugar: agave nectar, brown sugar, cane crystals, cane sugar, corn sweetener, corn syrup, high fructose corn syrup, crystalline fructose, dextrose, evaporated cane juice, fructose, fruit juice concentrates, glucose, honey, invert sugar, lactose, maltose, malt syrup, molasses, raw sugar, sucrose, and syrup.