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Why should we be concerned about added and refined sugars?

 

For decades we have been unsuspectingly consuming way too much of these nutritionally empty calories that severely contribute to health complications such as obesity, type II diabetes, and risk factors for heart disease.

Although the public health authorities (FDA and USDA) acknowledge the term “Added Sugars”  –the sugars that aren’t naturally occurring in foods (for example fruits)–, they refuse to add an “Added Sugars” line (in grams) within the “Sugars” section on the nutrition facts label. Instead, added sugars are only mentioned in the ingredient list –and only in decreasing weight order, not by percentage of calories.

As a result, the FDA conveniently leaves it up to the consumers to deal with various names given to “Added Sugars” and how much of it we actually eat.

Food companies are taking full advantage of this loophole to the greatest extreme.

This is what they do:

  • Most commercial food companies disguise the added sugars with deceitful “sugar synonyms.”
  • They divide the added sugars into distinctly named three or four different sugars.
  • They are not only using one single type of added sugars, but several of them in the same product.
  • That way they drop these “Added Sugars” further down the ingredients list (the less the weight, the lower the rank on the Nutrition Facts label), and masquerade the total amount of added sugars.

To give you a practical example, let’s assume that a food manufacturer wants to sweeten up a certain food product such as tortilla chips. The company can go about this in two different ways:

  • It can use let’s say 20 grams of “sugar,” or
  • It can use six grams of “cane sugar,” six grams of “malt syrup,” four grams of “corn syrup,” and four grams of “glucose.”

 

That way we are made to believe that the amount of sugar listed on the Nutrition Facts label of this particular product is way smaller than it actually is.

Regardless of what they are called or where they come from, all types of sugar make the food taste sweeter, and affect our body more or less the same way. This means …

All kinds of “added sugar” ARE “sugar,” no matter whether they sound scientific or even “healthy.”

 

How much sugar does an average American consume?

Average American consumes about 64 pounds of sugar per year. Average teenager consumes over 100 pounds of sugar per year.

Average American consumes about 22 teaspoons of “added sugars” a day, while teenager easily top 34 teaspoons a day. This translates into 28 percent increase of “added sugars” consumption per person in the US since 1983.

 

Sugar disguising synonyms on Nutrition Facts labels

There are many different names for sugar. Two common ways the food manufacturers use to disguise sugar on food labels is to use a long, scientific sounding word or to rename the sugar altogether.

One of the easiest ways to recognize sugar on a food label is by recognizing the “-ose” suffix. When you find listed ingredients that end with –ose suffix, there’s a good chance it is sugar. Just because a listed ingredient doesn’t end with -ose suffix, however, doesn’t mean it isn’t sugar. There are plenty of other names that may or may not sound like sugar.

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Below is a wide spectrum of sugar disguising synonyms used in the ingredient list on Nutrition Facts label —ultimately, they all mean the same evil-doer: The “sugar.”

Watch for these sneaky “added sugar” ingredients when reading food labels.

  • Agave Nectar
  • Barbados Sugar
  • Barley Malt
  • Barley Malt Syrup
  • Beet Sugar
  • Blackstrap Molasses
  • Brown Sugar
  • Buttered Syrup
  • Cane Crystals
  • Cane Juice
  • Cane Juice Crystals
  • Cane Juice solids
  • Cane Sugar
  • Caramel
  • Carob Syrup
  • Castor Sugar
  • Corn Sweetener
  • Corn Syrup
  • Corn Syrup Solids
  • Crystalline Fructose
  • Date Sugar
  • Dehydrated Cane Juice
  • Dehydrated Fruit Juice
  • Demerara Sugar
  • Dextran Malt Syrup
  • Dextrin
  • Dextrose
  • Diatase
  • Diatastic Malt
  • Ethyl Maltol
  • Evaporated Cane Juice
  • Florida Crystals
  • Fructose
  • Fruit Juice
  • Fruit Juice Concentrate
  • Galactose
  • Glucose
  • Glucose Solids
  • Golden Sugar
  • Golden Syrup
  • Granulated Sugar
  • Grape Juice Concentrate
  • Grape Sugar
  • High-Fructose Corn Syrup
  • Honey
  • Icing Sugar
  • Invert Sugar
  • Lactose
  • Malt Syrup
  • Malted Barley Extract
  • Maltodextrin
  • Maltose
  • Mannitol
  • Maple Syrup
  • Molasses
  • Muscovado Syrup
  • Oligofructose
  • Organic Raw Sugar
  • Polydextrose
  • Powdered Sugar
  • Raw Sugar
  • Refined Sugar
  • Refiners’ Syrup
  • Rice Syrup
  • Sorbitol
  • Sorghum Syrup
  • Sucralose
  • Sucrose
  • Sugar Syrup
  • Table Sugar
  • Treacle
  • Turbinado Sugar
  • Yellow Sugar

 

 

 

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