Artificial Sweeteners & Sugars

What is Sugar?

Sugar is a carbohydrate and is one of the most common food substances people can become addicted to.

What is the Difference Between Added Sugars and. Natural?

This is a common question that I get asked a lot. Added sugars are those that have been “added” to processed foods to enhance the taste, and appearance of the product.  According to a recent study that was done by Damon Gameau “That Sugar Film” At least 80% of processed food products in our food industry have added sugars in them.  Some examples include the following:

  • Cakes
  • Cookies
  • Donuts
  • Ice cream
  • Fruit drinks
  • Salad Dressings
  • Ketchup
  • Yogurt
  • Cereal
  • Low-fat muffins
  • Dried Fruit
  • Gatorade
  • Sauces
  • Baked Beans
  • Pasta
  • Instant Oatmeal Packets

Natural sugars are sugars that occur naturally in food.  Some examples include the following:

  • Fruits such as apples, bananas, oranges, etc.
  • Lactose in milk
  • Starchy vegetables (peas, corn)

Don’t let the Fat-Free products fool you!

Fat-free products can be loaded with sugar to help enhance the flavor.  Just because it is labeled fat-free doesn’t mean it’s calorie free.

Sugar has many different names!  So next time you are looking at your food label be aware of the following names listed below:

  • amasake
  • apple sugar
  • barbados sugar
  • brown sugar
  • brown rice sugar
  • beet sugar
  • buttered syrup
  • cane sugar
  • caramel
  • carob syrup
  • evaporated cane juice
  • date sugar
  • coconut sugar
  • corn syrup
  • corn syrup solids
  • corn sweetner
  • chicory syrup
  • dextrin
  • dextrose
  • diatase
  • diastatic malt
  • Diglycerides
  • Disaccharides
  • D-tagalose
  • ethyl maltol
  • Florida crystals
  • fructan
  • Fructooligosaccharides
  • fructose
  • fruit juice
  • fruit juice concentrate
  • Galactose
  • Glucitol
  • Glucoamine
  • glucose
  • Gluconolactone
  • glucose solids
  • glucose syrup
  • glucose polymers
  • Glycerides
  • Glycerine
  • Glycerol
  • Glycol
  • Hexitol
  • golden sugar
  • golden syrup
  • grape sugar
  • high-fructose corn syrup
  • honey
  • insulin syrup
  • inversol
  • invert sugar
  • isomalt
  • karo syrup
  • lactose
  • lactitol ++
  • levulose
  • malt syrup
  • malted barley
  • maltodextrin
  • maltose ++
  • malitol ++
  • maple syrup
  • microcrystalline cellulose
  • molasses
  • Monoglycerides
  • Monosaccarides
  • Nectars
  • Pentose
  • Polydextrose ++
  • Powdered sugar
  • Raisin juice
  • Raisin syrup
  • raw sugar
  • refiner’s syrup
  • rice malt
  • rice syrup
  • saccharides
  • sorbitol ++
  • sorghum
  • sorghum syrup
  • Sucanat
  • Sucanet
  • sucrose
  • sugar cane
  • trisaccharides
  • turbinado sugar

Date sugar and Molasses both provide some health promoting benefits as a sugar.  It contains a large amount of fiber.  Date sugar is dates that have been pulverized to a powered form.

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