Sneaky Sugar Names
Sugar is the new smoking. It kills. Seriously though. Numerous studies are now linking excess sugar consumption to the rising cases of diabetes, obesity, heart disease, and more. To make matters worse, the food manufacturers have caught on to the sugar scare and are now coming up with ways to sneak sugar into foods by disguising it with fancy names or by deriving it from “natural sources”. It doesn’t matter where it comes from or what you call it. All of these substances still act, taste, and affect our bodies in the same way that the regular, old-fashioned, refined sugar does. Sugar by any other name is still sugar.
The good news is that you can arm yourself with this information and start paying close attention to ingredient labels. After learning to scour the labels, you will become a pro at avoiding sugar in all its forms.
And a good rule of thumb is: if you couldn’t go out and find it in nature, it probably doesn’t belong in your body anyway.
The key here is that knowledge is power. It is easy to think that packaged foods that are marketed as “healthy” must be good for you. And that is exactly what the manufacturer’s want you to think! While some sources of sugar, like honey & blackstrap molasses, may also have nutritional benefits, they are still sugar and your body will still respond to them as such. Don’t let a pretty label fool you! Put on your detective hat and always be on the lookout!
To help you remember some of the sneaky sugar names to look out for, the Singing Nutrition Coach has another sweet song & video for you! Check it out and subscribe to my YouTube channel so you never miss a video!
Sneaky Sugar Names:
Anything that ends with ‘Sugar’: golden sugar, yellow sugar, brown sugar, beet sugar, corn sugar, etc.
Anything that ends with ‘Syrup’: carob syrup, sorghum syrup, brown rice syrup, malt syrup, high fructose corn syrup, etc.
Any ingredient that ends with “OSE”: glucose, dextrose, sucrose, fructose, maltose, etc.
Any ingredient that ends with “TOL” (aka sugar alcohols): xylitol, sorbitol, mannitol, etc.
and there’s more… caramel, barley malt, maltodextrin, agave, molasses, cane juice, dextrin, fruit juice concentrate, honey, muscovado, sucanat, treacle, turbinado
…these are all Sugar!
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Disclaimer: The information within this blog post and video are not to be considered a substitution for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.