Sugar Is Everywhere
Friends, sugar is everywhere and in everything! There is so much hidden sugar in your food, you may think you are avoiding it when you very well could still be eating it! With a disturbing 30 million people in the US with diabetes (about 10% of the overall population) it makes you wonder, why? What is going on in our country that we are in such a state of emergency in regards to our sugar levels? Along with a lack of exercise, it’s the food that we are putting into our bodies that keeps raising our diabetic statistics. And it’s the hidden names for sugar on ingredient lists that have us eating it when we don’t even know.
Sugar Is Dangerous
Sugar is dangerous and there’s so much hidden sugar in your food that there’s a pretty good possibility that you are addicted to it and you don’t even know that you are eating it. Sugar is a real addiction. In my blog post titled, Sugar Is The New Cocaine, I talk about how the addiction to sugar is as real as a drug addiction. Both addictions attack the brain in the same way, taking it over and destroying dopamine levels.
Not only is hidden sugar in your food destructive to your brain, but it wrecks havoc on your hormones. Insulin is a hormone that transports glucose to cells. If the body is too busy transporting sugar everyday, it will disregard all of your other hormones such as your reproductive hormones. Read more about How Hormones Work. The dangers of eating too much sugar is real, and it’s so prevalent in our society.
Daily Amount Of Sugar
What a lot of Americans do not realize is that the body can only break down and utilize so much sugar a day. And sugar is sugar. Candy bars and fruit are broken down the same and then turned into glucose. The daily amount of sugar for an adult ranges from 25-35 grams of sugar per day, which translates to about 6-8 teaspoons. Children up to eight years old should only be consuming about 12-16 grams (3-4 teaspoons) per day. Older kids and teenagers should have no more then 20-32 grams (5-8 teaspoons) per day.
Let’s paint a clearer picture and take a look at a typical breakfast. A six year old child sitting down to get their first fuel of the day is served a bowl of cereal, an apple, and a glass of orange juice. Let’s break down that sugar content: cereal (18g for cereal + 12g for whole milk), apple (17g), and orange juice (22g). This adds up to a whopping 69 grams of sugar. This is enough sugar for a six year old for almost five days! This example is among many typical mornings where Americans are over-consuming their daily sugar intake even before they leave the breakfast table.
Stages Of Consuming Too Much Sugar
There are five stages of consuming too much sugar. It starts with the over-consumption of the sugar and works its way up to type 1 diabetes. The scariest part of the body working itself up to the fifth stage to type 1 diabetes, is that you don’t even know that the first three stages are happening.
Stage 1 : Glycation
The body cannot process the overabundance of sugar, so glucose starts to buildup on the outside of cells where it normally should enter cells to transfer energy.
Stage 2 : Insulin Resistance
Stage 3 : Hyperglycemia & Hypoglycemia (enter in diagnosed “pre-diabetes”)
Stage 4 : Type 2 Diabetes
Stage 5 : Type 1 Diabetes
Common Names For Sugar
Food companies get tricky when they add sugar into foods. It would be a lot easier if labels just said sugar, but they don’t! There is so much hidden sugar in your food. Check out below for the common names for sugar to look for on your food labels.
- Anhydrous dextrose, brown sugar
- Cane crystals, cane sugar, corn sweetener, corn syrup, corn syrup solids, crystal dextrose
- Evaporated cane juice, fructose, fructose sweetener, fruit juice concentrates
- Syrup, lactose, malt syrup, maltose, maple syrup, molasses, raw sugar, refined sugar, sugar, syrup, white sugar
Less Common Names For Sugar
Check out below for ingredients that contain sugar, but are less common names for sugar.
- Carbitol, concentrated fruit juice, diglycerides, disaccharides, erythritol, fructooligosaccharides, galactose, glucitol, flucoamine
- Hexitol, inversol, isomalt, maltodextrin, malted barley, malts, mannitol, nectars
- Pentose, raisin syrup, ribose rice syrup, rice malt, sorbitol, sorghum, sucanat/sucanet, xylitol, zylose
See below for artificial sugars in foods.
- Acesulfame potassium
If you feel you are addicted to sugar or you would like more information, reach out to me. You can also check out my 10 Day Processed Food Detox. It’s never too late to change how much sugar you are really eating in a day. Nutritional Therapy is a great way to start to heal the damage processed foods have done to your body after you do the 10 Day Processed Food Detox challenge.