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Sugar: Check Food Labels

Posted: October 31, 2017

sugar, soda, calories, Bon Secours Surgical Weight Loss CenterSugar is one of the worst things you can eat when you’re trying to lose weight. If you’re preparing to have weight-loss surgery, cutting this sweet ingredient out of your daily diet is important. Once you have weight-loss surgery, your digestive system won’t tolerate sugary foods. Eating foods that have too much sugar may cause dumping syndrome. This is when sugar moves too fast from the stomach to the first part of the small intestine.

Dumping syndrome can happen as fast as 10 minutes after eating or up to three hours later.

  • Early dumping syndrome symptoms include nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramps, diarrhea, sweating, weakness, dizziness, flushing and rapid or irregular heartbeat.
  • Late dumping syndrome symptom include hypoglycemia, sweating, weakness, rapid or irregular heartbeat, flushing and dizziness.

To eliminate sugar from your diet, you have to commit to reading food labels. The amount contained in a serving of food is listed on the Nutritional Facts label. Ask your health provider or a Registered Dietitian how many grams of sugar you’re allowed to consume in a day. Keep a written log toto keep tabs on your consumption. It’s easy to blow an entire day’s worth on one piece of cake or a cup of hot cocoa.

The easiest way to avoid sugar is to give up liquid calories and drink water instead. If you think you’re favorite iced tea or sports drink is safe, make sure you check the label. Sugar comes in many forms, including the following ingredients:

  • High-fructose corn syrup
  • Fructose
  • Fruit juice concentrates
  • Honey
  • Syrup
  • Corn syrup
  • Sucrose
  • Dextrose

+ Learn about surgical weight-loss options and the health benefits of bariatric surgery at Bon Secours Surgical Weight Loss Center. Attend one of our free informational seminars.

+ Read more about losing weight by avoiding liquid calories. Find tips to replace the sugary drinks in your diet.

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