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Watching Out For Added Sugar

By Scott T Sheriff, DC, May 15 2018 01:39PM

Most people know that sugar is bad - that sugar is a source of empty calories and contributes to the obesity and diabetes epidemic in this country. Furthermore, we now know that sugar causes chronic inflammation in our bodies. Chronic inflammation is the major driving force for the development of cancer, heart disease, and arthritis. Sugar also contributes to mood swings, irritability, and depression.

With that knowledge, people are really trying hard to eat better - eat less sugar - and are reading food labels closer than ever. Unfortunately, in order to stay one step ahead of us, the factories that make our boxed and frozen foods and even our "healthy" beverages have become increasingly deceptive. Sugar is listed in the ingredients under several different names - often sounding almost harmless. This practice also allows sugar to be listed further down in the list in order to appear that there is less present. Yikes!

Here are come of the sneakier names that the giant food companies use: cane juice, dehydrated cane juice, barley malt, corn syrup, carob syrup, fructose, turbinado, fruit juice, sorghum syrup. Watch for these words on food labels - it's all just sugar!!

Regardless of the source, sugar is sugar - try to stay below 25 grams (100 calories) of added sugar each day. A great way to do this is to focus on whole foods - fresh fruits and vegetables and lean meats.

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