Where Sugar Hides

by | Dec 12, 2016 | Articles | 0 comments

Refined sugars now contaminate almost all foodstuffs; hidden in packet sauces, soft drinks, supposedly ‘healthy’ fruit juices, and cereals and of course any non or low fat products. For many of us this comes as a surprise, having been mislead by strategic marketing teams for so long. For example, you may be surprised to know that an “All Natural Fruit Juice” contains the same amount of sugar as Coca-Cola – that’s about 9 teaspoons.

Unfortunately the food industry has become better at hiding sugar in these ‘healthy’ foods, using a myriad of different names to mask what has been coined as ‘the white poison’.

When reading food labels we must now not only look out for ‘Sugar’ but other names as well: (Hilmantel 2014).

56 Different Names for Sugar

Agave Nectar Barley Malt Blackstrap Molasses Buttered Syrup
Cane Sugar Carob Syrup Confectioner’s Sugar Dextran
Date Sugar Ethyl Maltol Diastatic Malt Fruit Juice
Florida Crystals Glucose Solids Galactose High-Fructose Corn Syrup
Golden Syrup Lactose Icing sugar Maple Syrup
Maltodextrin Panocha Muscovado Sorghum Syrup
Refiner’s Syrup Turbinado Sugar Barbados Sugar Beet Sugar
Brown Sugar Cane Juice Crystals Caramel Castor Sugar
Corn Syrup Crystalline Fructose Demerara Sugar Dextrose
Diatase Evaporated Cane Juice Fructose Fruit Juice Concentrate
Glucose Golden Sugar Grape Sugar Honey
Invert Sugar Malt Syrup Maltose Molasses
Organic Raw Sugar Raw Sugar Rice Syrup Sucrose
Treacle Yellow Sugar

Sugar is hidden everywhere and while it is almost impossible to avoid it completely, be aware that whenever a food company uses a term that may sound healthier the likelihood of that being true is very slight.

So keep your wits about you, understand where and under what name is sugar is hiding and make the best choice for you and your family in that moment – and that might just mean turning a blind eye to this year’s birthday cake.

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