The "Con Man"

Hiding In Your Food

“Added sugar is hiding in foods that some consider healthy; 

such as yogurt, milk, granola and energy bars. 

Even savory foods are affected. 

Ketchup, breads, salad dressing, pasta sauses, you name it.”

What’s Lurking In Your Food?

With more and more research revealing the dangerous effects of consuming high amounts of sugar, the public’s awareness has significantly increased.  The problem…(aside from those knowingly consuming too many sugary treats) many people have no idea sugar is also being laced into just about everything they consume! From bread…to condiments and dressings…even injected into meats.

 

According to many studies, sugar is as addictive as cocaine and it’s well known, too much sugar has detrimental effects on the body.

 

As a result of the increasing awareness, food companies have become clever, changing the name of “sugar” to sneak it into food ingredient labels. We’re going to go over all the “alias” names for sugar but first, let’s share some helpful suggestions…

Helpful Suggestions:

Read The Ingredients!

Read the ingredients on every food label. There are plenty of options that offer low or zero, added sugar or artificial sugar. 

Avoid "HFCS"

Avoid high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) at all costs. To put it simply, HFCS is an artificial sugar that heightens the potency of fructose to unnatural amounts.

Learn The "Alias" Names

Study and learn the names below so you can become familiar with how many of your regularly consumed foods may be affected by added sugars. 

Stick To Whole Foods

Stick with foods in their “most whole” form. Example – If you’re craving orange juice, try eating an orange stead of consuming fruit juices or orange flavored candy, etc.  Try to make at least half of your meals foods that are one ingredient…themselves! 

Use Fruit For Cravings

When craving something sweet, try using fruit as an alternative for cookies, candy, ice creams, and other highly processed deserts.  Chilled strawberries, sliced kiwi, clementines, etc. are all great examples of  sweet, nutrient-packed treats! 

Why Refer to Sugar as a “Con Man”? …

Several reasons!

First, high doses of added sugars play “tricks” on your brain. Making you think something may taste better than it actually does.

Next, high amounts of added sugar can make you believe you have “energy” when in reality, your body is working double time to remove that sugar from your bloodstream. Then suddenly, poof! Your “energy” levels nose dive leaving you feeling twice as tired.

Lastly, sugar can stimulate important hormones that can either make us feel hungry or satiated. Thus, increasing our appetite and making us eat more! (double ouch).

Not to mention…sugar has so many alias names as you soon will see!

The Hidden Names Of Sugar

Sugar (granulated)
Agave nectar
Barbados sugar
Barley malt
Barley malt syrup
Beet sugar
Brown sugar
Buttered syrup
Cane juice
Cane juice crystals
Cane sugar
Caramel
Carob syrup
Castor sugar
Coconut palm 
Coconut sugar
Confectioners sugar
Corn sweetener
Corn syrup
Corn syrup solids
Date sugar
Molasses
Muscovado
Palm sugar
Panocha
Powdered sugar
Raw sugar
Refiners syrup
Rice syrup
Saccharose

Dehydrated cane juice
Demerara sugar
Dextrin
Dextrose
Evaporated cane juice
Freeflowing brown
Fructose
Fruit juice
Fructose concentrate
Glucose
Glucose solids
Golden sugar
Golden syrup
Grape sugar
HFCS (HighFructose Corn Syrup)
Honey
Icing sugar
Invert sugar
Malt syrup
Maltodextrin
Maltol
Maltose
Mannose
Maple syrup
Sweet Sorghum
Syrup
Treacle
Turbinado sugar
Yellow sugar
Sorghum Syrup
Sucrose

There You Have It!

We hope going over all these sneaky alias names for sugar will help you to better regulate your diet. Remember, the healthiest forms of sugar come from natural wholesome sources; primarily sweet vegetables and fresh fruits.  These wholesome sources are nutrient dense and contain healthier amounts of sugar and fiber combined.

 

Refined added sugars, especially “HFCS”, are known as “empty calories” which just means, they lack any real nutritional value and have no health benefits. They do however negatively impact your health by increasing your risk of heart disease, diabetes, obesity, and many other health complications.

 

Until next time, keep your veggie count up and cookie count low! 

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