Beware the Trojan horse of summer fare 

Snacks and more sneak in crazy amounts of sugar

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But really, you don't need the sugar to rebalance your system. It's just there for the taste. What you are after is the salts, which can be delivered through ordinary table salt and baking soda (one teaspoon of each) along with half a teaspoon of salt substitute (also called potassium salt) to two quarts of water. The sugar is added for flavour, along with the lemon or lime juice, or other flavouring.

Health agencies like the Heart and Stroke Foundation agree that sugar is a huge culprit in our obesity epidemic but right now there are no international or national standards for acceptable levels of sugar intake. However, the American Heart Association recommends six teaspoons (1.5 grams) a day of sugar for women, and nine teaspoons (2.25 grams) a day for men.

Sugar is hard enough to avoid anytime, but with all the ice cream and pop and lemonade floating about in summer it's harder. Even the whole-wheat hamburger buns I've got at home right now have sugar in them, so keep your eyes peeled on those labels.

As for that plain organic Olympic yogurt I love, it delivers seven grams of sugar — or about two or three little packets of sugar — with each serving. Sigh.

Glenda Bartosh is an award-winning freelance writer who tries to watch her sugar intake.

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