Sugar by any other name would taste as sweet….. well Shakespeare may not have said that exactly, but it may be a surprise to you to learn that there are more than 56 commonly used terms for a single ingredient….sugar.
If you are trying to cut down on this addictive sweetener it can prove very tricky to avoid if you are not entirely up to speed on the many guises that it comes in. This article aims to help you to find your way through the deceitful quagmire, to allow you to make fully informed choices when purchasing your groceries. Below you will find a list of some of the ways that companies name sugar on their ingredients list. You could be forgiven for not recognising that you are consuming sugar in many of these cases.
The reason that it is so important to see through the disguises is to enable you to avoid it as much as you can. Dr. David Reuben, author of ‘Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Nutrition’ says, “white refined sugar-is not a food. It is a pure chemical extracted from plant sources, purer in fact than cocaine, which it resembles in many ways. Its true name is sucrose and its chemical formula is C12H22O11. It has 12 carbon atoms, 22 hydrogen atoms, 11 oxygen atoms, and absolutely nothing else to offer.”
Added sugar should be avoided because it floods your body with fructose. While glucose is essential for the healthy functioning of your cells, fructose is useless. It can only be metabolised by the liver, which turns the fructose to fat.
While some of the fat is exported from the liver the rest remains and can result in Non-Alcoholic Liver Disease over time.
The fat that is removed from the liver is not harmless, as it is usually in the form of Very Low Density Lipoprotein particles (VLDLP). These particles are packed with cholesterol and triglycerides. In as little as 10 weeks this can have a marked impact on blood lipids, which is often a precursor to obesity, heart disease and diabetes amongst other health concerns.
Diabetes is particularly affected by sugar intake as our bodies can become resistant to insulin over time following the standard Western sugary diet. The main function of insulin is to flush the insulin from the blood stream into cells. When our bodies grow resistant, the pancreas secretes extra insulin in order to cleanse the blood of the excess glucose.
The problem with this is that insulin stimulates the fat cells, to collect and store any fat that is in the blood stream. So the side effect of forcing more insulin into your system to rid the blood of sugar is that fat cells will mop up extra fat cells and store them for you. No thanks!
More worrying is the fact that the pancreas becomes damaged by the continual demand to produce more insulin, losing the ability to meet the need. This is essentially type II diabetes, which is rife in the Western World.
Processed sugary foods are essentially empty calories. They do not provide vitamins and minerals that the body requires to function. This often leads to nutrient deficiency in individuals that consume a diet filled with this non-food.
While fruit contains natural sugars it is important to note that they are a real food, containing fiber, water, vitamins and minerals. Fruit can be very beneficial as part of a balanced diet.
So below is the list of 56 commonly used names for sugar….seek and avoid!
Organic Raw Sugar
Corn Syrup Solids
High-fructose Corn Syrup
Cane Juice Crystals
Evaporated Cane Juice
Fruit Juice Concentrate
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