Sugar, by any other name would taste as sweet
The Shakespearean quote, modified slightly, is quite apt when it comes to sugar. As I read labels, I’ve noticed that products I thought would have ‘sugar’ in them, don’t have it listed as an ingredient. When it comes to reading labels, most of us are sorely uneducated. Sugar can have a multitude of different names.
You have your obvious ones, where they mention what the sugar was derived from or what type it is.
- cane sugar
- evaporated cane sugar
- beet sugar
- date sugar
- brown sugar
- confectionary sugar
- turbinado sugar
- unrefined sugar
- raw sugar
Those ones are the easiest to spot. Then you have the ‘-ose’ family with all of its many members:
Next we move on to the syrups, ah the syrups:
- cane syrup
- high fructose corn syrup (this one’s a biggie)
- maple syrup
- rice syrup
Then we have a few randoms, some that even sound like healthier options:
- barley malt
- agave nectar
- fruit juice concentrate
Things like honey, fruit juice concentrate and agave nectar can sound like they are much healthier options, but that isn’t always the case. For example, agave nectar may look good when you are looking only at the Glycemic Index (GI) and Glycemix Load (GL) because it is only made up of 10% glucose. Glucose is what is used in these two measurements. However, the rest of it is made up of fructose. Sugar (sucrose) is a 50/50 blend of glucose and fructose. The reason more fructose is bad is that studies have shown that fructose raises the levels of LDL(bad) cholesterol, as well as triglycerides in the body whether a person has a healthy blood glucose tolerance or not. High
LDLs are a contributing factor to heart disease and the liver can’t handle the fructose, so it turns it into triglycerides. Having fruit every day doesn’t adversely affect us, but agave nectar is so high in fructose it has more concentrated sugar than sugar itself. Yikes!
So if you’ve been following along, keeping that sugar intake in check, remember that sugar has many other names. Some worse than others, for different reasons, but all on the unhealthy side of the fence. Especially considering the massive amounts that we consume.
What can you do to abate that sweet tooth? Eating whole fruits that are sweet are a perfect way to ebb those cravings. The fibers in the fruits slow down the absorption of the sugar into your blood so it is much more manageable for your pancreas and other organs. I have also found a new best friend name Stevia. Stevia has no calories and does not affect your blood sugar. A drop or two in some lime flavoured Perrier and it’s just as good as a nice 7up.
- Sugar – the “White Death” (talesfromthelou.wordpress.com)
- Sugar Ain’t So Sweet (healthcoachjillian.wordpress.com)
- Agave’s Health Halo Gets Tarnished (simplystated.realsimple.com)
- Agave – Nectar or Not? (thetreeofhealth.wordpress.com)
Posted on May 26, 2012, in Information and tagged Agave nectar, detox, diet, Glycemic Index, health, High-fructose corn syrup, jennifer walker, Sugar, year of the detox. Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.