AKA Sugar

SUGAR is everywhere. HIDDEN SUGARS are lurking in so many of today’s packaged and pre-made foods. Including those from local eateries and chain restaurants.

Why is there so much sugar in so many foods? For sweetness to get you hooked so you consume more so the company’s bottom line looks better and for freshness and longer shelf life, are the most common reasons.

Sugar is a commodity. Lobbyists campaign hard, spending millions upon millions. Farmers get money from the Federal Government to support their farming efforts, manufacturers buy it for pennies, leaving American’s faced with the tragedy of it all. Just take a peek at the state of health of the average American. Sugar Cravings, Hormone Imbalances, Poor Mood/Skin/Headaches, Overweight, Obesity, Insulin Resistance, Metabolic Dysfunction, and Type 2 Diabetes, just to name a few health concerns with direct correlation to sugar.

If you are paying close attention to your grocery store purchases, and eating veggies and lean proteins when eating out, you can intervene and win your war against sugar. It takes a conscious effort. And time, on the front end, learning what product swaps to make. If you stick with it, you will feel like an incredible “whole” new person. Trust me, I know. I did it!

Familiarize yourself with the names of common sugars. Take a photo of this to keep on your phone as your cheat sheet. READ INGREDIENTS. Or buy fresh veggies and fruits and lean meats (if not eating vegan, vegetarian or plant-based of course) and skip the label reading altogether. Eating whole food is the best choice, if not always, at least 80% of the time.

HIDDEN SUGARS
Glucose and Fructose are oftentimes found together in commonly named sugars. While you may think, oh they’re both sugars they’re all the same. Nope. Each has its own different effects on the body. Glucose can be metabolized by nearly every cell in the body whereas Fructose puts the majority of its burden entirely on our little livers!

COMMON SUGARS
Sugar/Sucrose
High-Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS)
Agave Nectar

THE SUGARS BELOW CONTAIN GLUCOSE & FRUCTOSE
Beet sugar
Blackstrap molasses
Brown sugar
Buttered syrup
Cane juice crystals
Cane sugar
Caramel
Carob syrup
Castor sugar
Coconut sugar
Confectioner’s sugar (powdered sugar)
Date sugar
Demerara sugar
Evaporated cane juice
Florida crystals
Fruit juice
Fruit juice concentrate
Golden sugar
Golden syrup
Grape sugar
Honey
Icing sugar
Invert sugar
Maple syrup
Molasses
Muscovado sugar
Panela sugar
Raw sugar
Refiner’s syrup
Sorghum syrup
Sucanat
Treacle sugar
Turbinado sugar
Yellow sugar

SUGARS WITH GLUCOSE
Barley malt
Brown Rice syrup
Corn syrup
Corn syrup solids
Dextrin
Dextrose
Diastatic malt
Ethyl maltol
Glucose
Glucose solids
Lactose
Malt syrup
Maltodextrin
Maltose
Rice syrup

SUGARS WITH FRUCTOSE ONLY
Crystalline fructose
Fructose

OTHER SUGARS
D-ribose
Galactose

SOURCES:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17921363

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19381015/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23594708

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/56-different-names-for-sugar#section2

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