Sugar – The Hidden Ingredient

I just wanted to give you the “skinny” if you are trying to cut back on sweets.  Sugar is highly addictive and clearly one of the leading causes of obesity, not to mention a litany of other major health problems.   Sugar in the form of sucrose, dextrose, and high fructose corn syrup are processed into so many of our breads, cereals, peanut butter, ketchup, spaghetti sauce, or nearly every processed food you pull out of a box, bag or can.  

In the late 1800’s, the average sugar consumption was 5 pounds per person per year. In the last 20 years, sugar consumption in the US has increased from 26 pounds to 135 pounds of sugar per person per year.  You’ll know you are addicted to sugar when you crave it. It is responsible for the highs and lows you may be experiencing. Fortunately, once you stop, the addiction and cravings will disappear.  

If you think you are outsmarting your addiction by replacing the sugar with artificial sweeteners, think again. Aspartame, saccharin, sorbitol and sucrolose to name a few, may actually be worse than using real sugar, so you might want to consider eliminating them as well.  

I am offering a list for you although If the ingredients listed on a product say sweetener, syrup, or anything ending in “ose” it has sugar in it. Here are some common ones:  

Barley malt
Beet sugar
Brown surgar
Cane sugar
Cane syrup
Cane syrup solids
Confectioner’s sugar
Corn Sweetener
Corn syrup, or corn syrup solids
Chrystalline fructose
Date sugar
Dehydrated Cane Juice
Evaporated sugar cane
Fruit Juice Concentrate
Granulated sugar
High Fructose Corn Syrup
Invert Sugar
Liquid cane sugar
Malt syrup
Maple syrup
Powdered sugar
Raw sugar
Rice Syrup
Sorghum or sorghum syrup
Sugar cane syrup
Table sugar
Turbinado Sugar
Unrefined sugar
White sugar

These are the common artificial sweeteners:  
Sucrolose (Splenda)
Saccharin (Sweet n Low)
Aspartame (Equal)

Eliminating sweets from your nutrition most likely will not happen overnight. On a planned occasion, yes, I think it’s all right to have something sweet.  

   Begin by becoming AWARE of the foods you buy… read the labels. Take steps to eat wholesome foods rather than processed foods.  

   If you have a sweet craving, grab some fruit. If you’re thinking… “but fruit has ‘fructose’, isn’t that just another form of sugar?”  

   Here’s my answer:  

   Most fruits have about 6-7 grams of fructose, perhaps more in a banana, less in berries. The amount of fiber, vitamins and water far outweigh the small amount of fructose. You are not going to get fat by eating fruit!  

Lauren Miller is a Professional Life Coach and Certified Personal trainer who specializes in coaching for weight-loss. Her company is Your Partner For Change.

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