The skinny on sugar.

 

 

There is so much information on sugar out there and yet it seems so complicated, Yup That’s the way they ( The food companies) want it. They don’t want you knowing how much sugar you’re getting in your food. Because Going low sugar is healthy, therefore they hide it and call it something else. even going so far as to call it Natural when in fact there is nothing natural about it. Don’t let them full you. It’s hard enough to be healthy and make good choices without all the games they play.

For instance

We tend to think that added sugar is mainly found in desserts like cookies and cakes, but it’s also found in many savory foods, such as bread and pasta sauce. And some foods promoted as “natural” or “healthy” are laden with added sugars, compounding the confusion. In fact, manufacturers add sugar to 74% of packaged foods sold in supermarkets. So, even if you skip dessert, you may still be consuming more added sugar than is recommended.

cute-18833_1920The best way to ensure you’re not consuming excess added sugars is to get in the habit of always scanning the ingredient list below before you throw the item in your cart. Keep in mind that ingredients are listed by quantity from high to low: the closer to the front of the list a form of sugar is, the more the product contains.

The Most Common Names for Sugar

Names for Sugar From A-Z

  • Agave nectar
  • Barbados sugar
  • Barley malt
  • Barley malt syrup
  • Beet sugar
  • Brown sugar
  • Buttered syrup
  • Cane juice, and cane juice crystals
  • Cane sugar
  • Caramel
  • Carob syrup
  • Castor sugar
  • Coconut palm sugar
  • Coconut sugar
  • Confectioner’s sugar
  • Corn sweetener
  • Corn syrup and corn syrup solids
  • Date sugar
  • Dehydrated cane juice
  • Demerara sugar
  • Dextrin
  • Dextrose
  • Evaporated cane juice
  • Free-flowing brown sugars
  • Fructose
  • Fruit juice
  • Fruit juice concentrate
  • Glucose
  • Glucose solids
  • Golden sugar
  • Golden syrup
  • Grape sugar
  • HFCS (High-Fructose Corn Syrup)**
  • Honey
  • Icing sugar
  • Invert sugar
  • Malt syrup
  • Maltodextrin
  • Maltol
  • Maltose
  • Mannose
  • Maple syrup
  • Molasses
  • Muscovado
  • Palm sugar
  • Panocha
  • Powdered sugar
  • Raw sugar
  • Refiner’s syrup
  • Rice syrup
  • Saccharose
  • Sorghum Syrup
  • Sucrose
  • Sugar (granulated)
  • Sweet Sorghum
  • Syrup
  • Treacle
  • Turbinado sugar
  • Yellow sugar
  • The ones that are highlighted in RED are highly processed and should be avoided if possible.

As you can tell there are a lot of names and forms of sugar most of them are hidden so that you don’t know they are in there if you don’t know the word. However I am a big believer in if you don’t know it and you can’t pronounce it, Don’t eat it.

Are some sugars worse than others? In short yes, As there are Simple sugars that come from fruits and vegetables, beans, nuts, and whole grains.

There are processed sugars  Some Highlighted in RED  should be avoided. When any type of sugar that is added to foods during processing, cooking or at the table, you consume calories without any nutrients or fiber.

This type of sugar, called added sugar, is considered “bad sugar.” In its most processed and refined form (think the white powdery stuff we stir into coffee or high fructose corn syrup in soft drinks and packaged foods), sugar has absolutely no nutritional value. it’s a source of energy but not nutrition.

Simple sugars gain quick access and cause a spike in blood sugar. This also spikes insulin,  access sugar causes weight gain, may cause heart disease, has been linked to acne, increased risk of diabetes, cancer, depression, aging skin, drains energy, can lead to Fatty liver. Negative dental health, Gout.

Summary, Eating too much of anything is not good, But too much sugar no matter what can be detrimental. The food company hiding sugar under another name is only making matters much worse. Be sure to read the label. This label shown has 4 kinds of sugar 2 are used to thicken the food. Would you have known it? Would you have considered it good for you?

If you enjoyed this article please check out my other article Are the food companies lying to you?

 

 

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