Finding Hidden Sugar

We all know that sugar is actually an anti-nutrient and full of empty calories. Sugar loves to lurk in packaged and processed foods that we grab for a sweet hit or a pick me up. Sometimes sugar is hidden in seemingly healthy products like breakfast cereals and granola bars. The only way to find out if a product has added sugar is to read the label. Sugar comes under many of the following names:

agave

barley malt

beet sugar

brown sugar

buttered syrup

cane-juice crystals

cane sugar

caramel

carob syrup

corn syrup

corn syrup solids

date sugar

dextran

dextrose

diatase

diastatic malt

ethyl maltol

fructose

fruit juice

fruit juice concentrate

glucose

glucose solids

golden sugar

golden syrup

grape sugar

high-fructose corn syrup

honey

invert sugar

lactose

malt syrup

maltodextrin

maltose

mannitol

molasses

raw sugar

refiner’s syrup

sorbitol

sorghum syrup

sucrose

sugar

turbinado sugar

yellow sugar

Source: http://www.fitsugar.com/Other-Names-Sugar-Appear-Labels-810571

You can also look at how many grams of sugar are listed on the nutrition label.

Sugar free – less than 0.5g sugar per serving (check that serving size)

No added sugar – no sugar or any ingredient containing sugar was added

Reduced sugar – the sugar content of this product has been reduced by 25%

What is the easiest way to avoid sugar?

Reduce or eliminate the amount of packaged and processed food you eat. Yup, it’s as simple as that. If you have a recipe that calls for sugar then your best bet is to use raw, unpasteurized honey, maple syrup or mashed dates soaked in hot water.

If you’d like to find out more about what sugar does to your body and which types of sugar are the best for optimal health, join Julie Hodge and me for our workshop on Mar. 3, 2012. It will be from 3 to 4:30 pm at The Studio on 17.  Tickets are $29 each (or bring your friend and it’s $29 for both). To register, e-mail info@ahealthyjourney.ca.

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