Sugar in Its Many Disguises….and Why You Should Avoid Them All

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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  1. Sugar is also extremely environmentally destructive. We don’t buy processed foods anymore, so we don’t have to worry about reading labels. If we do want a sweet treat, we force ourselves to go out to a local shop, buy a handmade dessert and savor it. The only sugar we bring into the house is 90% dark chocolate for an occasional treat.

    1. I love that idea of leaving the house to savor a handmade dessert! Good for you, sounds like you are definitely doing the right things. I am off to check out your site now.

  2. I didn’t see coconut sugar so I guess I’m on the right track. I had eliminated agave, then used raw honey. my goodness, what next? hmm.

    1. Katherine, good question! I believe coconut sugar does have a lower GI than regular sugar. Lucky for us we can keep an eye on studies published online to make our choices. Thanks for taking the time to comment.

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