Sugar has a bittersweet reputation when it comes to health. Sugar occurs naturally in all foods that contain carbohydrates, such as fruits and vegetables. Consuming whole foods that contain natural sugar is good for your health. Fruits and vegetables have high amounts of fibre, essential minerals, and antioxidants.

Our body digests fruit and vegetable slowly and the sugar in them offers a steady supply of energy; and therefore, there is a lower spike to blood glucose. A high intake of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains has also been shown to reduce the risk of chronic diseases, such as diabetes, heart disease, and some cancers.

However, problems can occur when you consume too much added sugar; sugar that food manufacturers add to products to increase flavour or extend shelf life.

Top sources of added sugar are soft drinks, fruit drinks, flavoured yogurts, cereals, cookies, cakes, sweets, and processed foods.

Sugar-related illnesses are skyrocketing. When eaten in such vast quantities, sugar can cause havoc on the body. Over time, that havoc can be a major cause of:

  • Obesity
  • heart disease
  • hypertension
  • type 2 diabetes
  • epithelial cell cancers
  • inflammatory diseases (including autoimmune diseases, bowel disorders, osteoporosis, infertility, and more)
  • Acne
  • Depression
  • Skin aging
  • Cellular aging
  • Fatigue
  • Fatty liver disease
  • Kidney disease
  • Tooth decay
  • Gout
  • Cognitive decline

If sugar is in the top 5 ingredients, then it is likely to make up a large proportion of the ingredients. A problem is that sugar is a master of disguise and goes by a slew of different names.

Look Out For Hidden Ingredients

Watch for these sneaky ingredients when reading food labels. Some sound scientific, some almost healthy—but in the end, they all mean “sugar.”

Sugar/sucrose, high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), Agave nectar, beet sugar, blackstrap, molasses, brown sugar, buttered syrup, cane juice crystals, cane sugar, caramel, carob syrup, castor sugar, coconut sugar, confectioner’s sugar (powdered sugar), date sugar, demerara sugar, Florida crystals, fruit juice, fruit juice concentrate, golden sugar, golden syrup, grape sugar, honey, icing sugar, invert sugar, maple syrup, molasses, muscovado sugar, panela sugar, rapadura, raw sugar, refiner’s syrup, sorghum syrup, sucanat, treacle sugar, turbinado sugar, yellow sugar, barley malt, brown rice syrup, corn syrup, corn syrup solids, dextrin, dextrose, diastatic malt, ethyl maltol, glucose, glucose solids, lactose, malt syrup, maltodextrin, maltose, rice syrup, crystalline fructose, fructose, D-ribose, galactose

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Lucy Round (The Detox Coach) is a qualified nutrition coach, detox & wellness coach and personal trainer and the founder of and WeightLossForBusyMums (a group for busy mums to lose weight and boost their energy).

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