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Slartibartfast:
Easier to find non-sugar versions of supermarket foods (i.e. things you make yourself) - anything from a fast food place is likely to have sugar in it.  That includes salads and french fries  :-\  Restaurants load up the sugar and fat and salt, too, because it makes their food taste better!  I try to avoid artificial sweeteners, and it's tough - even non-sweet things often have either sugar or a substitute.

Coruscation:

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--- Quote from: Katana_Geldar on July 01, 2013, 08:12:49 PM ---A recent thread made me wonder how prevalent sugar is in US foods, even in salads. How prevalent is sugar in the US in food?

How likely is it I will be ale to get my u sweetened, unflavoured, unthickened yoghurt that I love in the US? On a Royal Carribean ship where we went for our honeymoon, there were quite a few US foods and no yoghurt that I liked. Just skim milk with corn and tapioca.

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Processed food has lots of hidden sugars, and cruise ships are not indicative at all of how most americans eat. 

I live in a major city, so my food choices are a bit more varied.  Plain yogurt is available in most grocery stores and is pretty easy to find.  However, I don't know if it comes in the small individual containers as I usually buy it in large 32oz containers.  I'd assume that either Chobani or Oikos would sell them that way if they did.


Most americans don't cook with sugar or add it to typically savory things.  For example, we don't add sugar to a tuna or chicken salad.  And we definitely wouldn't add it to a green salad.  You may have seen a reference to a jello salad, which is in a whole 'nother category by itself and does have sugar added to the jello.  We also don't just add sugar to things

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As an Australian, I found US bread to be quite a bit sweeter than the Australian variety, as is pizza dough. So, you might not add it while cooking but the manufacturers do.

Also, I can attest, after being on a sugar free diet that even Australian salad dressings contain sugar, so I'm sure that American ones do to.

WillyNilly:
Like others have said, processed foods do tend to all have sugar (usually in the form of high fructose corn syrup, but also as "sugar", "evaporated cane syrup", "rice syrup", etc). But plain yogurt is ridiculously easy to find. In NYC not only an you find this in any grocery store, but also most delis and even in drug stores.

For items like bread, in the grocery store, just read labels - I regularly buy bread without sugar added without a problem. In a restaurant? Its going to be sweetened. Most salad dressings are sweetened too, but just about any restaurant will offer the option of "oil & vinegar", which is just plain oil and vinegar, no added sugar.

Hmmmmm:
Americans do enjoy a sweater diet than most countries.

I can imagine you didn't find plain yogurt on a ship. Most single serve yogurts are flavored and sweetened. But you can find plain yogurt,but probably not in a hotel or ship buffet.

Sugar is common in breads as it gives the yeast something to eat.

Commercial salad dressings are going to have a sweetener added in most cases. Even a lot of recipes will have sugar as an ingredient. But you can always ask for vinegar and oil only.

Katana_Geldar:
With the yoghurt it wasn't that u couldn't find unflavoured, I did. It was just plain yoghurt, not natural which was skim milk with thickners.

And yes, it's surprising the things that contain sugar. I do like sweet things, but you do need a break now and then.

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