The Not-So-Sweet Truth about Sugar

Did you know that there are about 56 different names for sugar? Some at least HAVE “Sugar” in the name. Here are a few trickier ones:

  • Dextrose
  • Fructose
  • Galactose
  • Glucose
  • Lactose
  • Maltose
  • Sucrose
  • Agave Nectar
  • Barley Malt
  • Dextrin
  • Sucanat
  • Maltodextrin
  • Brown Rice Syrup
  • Evaporated Cane Juice
  • High Fructose Corn Syrup

From marinara sauce to peanut butter, added sugar can be found in even the most unexpected products.

Many people rely on quick, processed foods for meals and snacks. Since these products often contain added sugar, it makes up a large proportion of their daily calorie intake.

In the US, added sugars account for up to 17% of the total calorie intake of adults and up to 14% for children.

Dietary guidelines suggest limiting calories from added sugar to less than 10% per day.

Experts believe that sugar consumption is a major cause of obesity and many chronic diseases, such as diabetes.

  1. Can Cause Weight Gain
  2. May Increase Your Risk of Heart Disease
  3. Has Been Linked to Acne
  4. Increase Your Risk of Diabetes
  5. May Increase Your Risk of Cancer
  6. May Increase Your Risk of Depression
  7. May Accelerate the Skin Aging Process
  8. Can Increase Cellular Aging
  9. Drains Your Energy
  10. Can Lead to Fatty LiverHere are 10 reasons why eating too much sugar is bad for your health.

In coming issues of the North Idaho Family Magazine we’ll be looking at different diet trends, sorting out the “hype” from the truth, and what different diets mean for you and your family.

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