It really gets tricky.  You need to be a detective to uncover all the different names for “added sugar” in common foods.  We know that sugar is hidden in many or even most processed foods.  People who are honestly trying to decrease sugar’s influence on their health may not even realize when they are eating it. Our tastebuds have become so accustomed to sweetness that we expect it in everything.  Sugar by any other name still affects your ability to LIVE YOUNGER all the same.

Added sugar goes by lots of different names; added fructose is the most harmful to your body.  Here is the short list to be aware of when reading labels:

  • Sucrose (table sugar)
  • High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS)
  • Agave Nectar (70-90 percent fructose)
  • Cane Juice Crystals
  • Buttered Syrup
  • Barley Malt
  • Dextrin
  • Dextrose
  • Ethyl Maltol
  • Lactose
  • Corn Syrup Solids
  • Brown Rice Syrup
  • Florida Crystals
  • Castor Sugar
  • Carob Sugar

Our bodies were designed to handle small amounts of sugar.  However, more than a little can overwhelm your system, raise your blood glucose too rapidly, and result in insulin resistance.  Insulin is the hormone that allows sugar to get into your cells where it can be used for energy.  When your body becomes resistant to insulin you are likely on the slippery slope to Type 2 Diabetes and the dastardly side effects that go with it, such as blindness, heart and blood vessel damage, hearing impairment, amputations, and Alzheimer’s disease.  But take heart!  There is good news!  Simple lifestyle measures can dramatically improve insulin resistance, thereby helping you LIVE YOUNGER.  I’m dedicated to bringing you realistic strategies to bring more joy and vitality into your life.

Enjoy the natural sweetness of real food.  Fruits, vegetables and dairy products contain small amounts of sugar as well as micronutrients, fiber, and more beneficial compounds than modern science can measure. There is no reason to avoid the real sugar that is naturally occurring.  START SOMEWHERE reducing your intake of “added sugar” or sugar by any other name by eating more whole and unprocessed foods.  You can do it.  I will help you.

Resources:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23594708

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17921363

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19381015/

Sugar by any other name

Sugar by any other name