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If you have ever spent more that 5 minutes with me, it is fairly obvious that I love fitness. I have learned so much (sometimes the hard way) in the 30 years that I have been teaching. What better way to share my passion than to start a blog and pass on the information that I share with clients on a day-to-day basis.

Monday, January 20, 2014

A Sugar is a Sugar is a Sugar ?????

This time of year we are reminded of all things sweet: Gifts from our SWEETheart for the holiday of love, Chocolates that satisfy our SWEET tooth or SWEET dreams of a healthy new year.   Beware- Being surrounded by all things sugary can be detrimental to your health.  Carbohydrates are a great fuel source and should compose about 45% of our diet per day.  When choosing your carbohydrates you should know there are several types of sugar and we should try and eat naturally occurring carbs and not added sugars  because not matter what, all sugars in excess can be stored as fat. 

My friend, Mary, who is a registered dietician, says a sugar is a sugar is a sugar.  She put together the list below and no matter what you call a sugar it all breaks down to the same thing;  It just depends on how fast.

Agave Necter                           Barley Malt                                 Beet Sugar
Brown Sugar                            Buttered Syrup                          Caramel
Carob Syrup                             Castor Sugar                               Corn syrup solids
Crystalline Fructose               Dextran                                       Diastatic Malt
Diatase                                      Ethyl Maltol                              Evaporated Cane Juice
Fructose                                    Fruit Juice                                   Fruit Juice Concentrates
Galactose                                 Glucose                                        Glucose Solids
Golden Sugar                          Golden Syrup                            Granulated Sugar
Grape Sugar                             High-Fuctose Corn Syrup       Honey
Icing Sugar                              Inverse Sugar                              Lactose
Malt Syrup                              Maltodextrin                               Maltose
Maple Syrup                            Molasses                                    Muscovado Sugar
Panocha                                    Raw sugar                                  Refiners Syrup
Rice Syrup                               Sorbitol                                      Sorghum Syrup
Sucrose                                     Sugar                                           Syrup
Treacle                                     Turbinado Sugar                        Yellow Sugar                                        

A very powerful tool when making good food choices and watching your sugar consumption  is reading the ingredient list on food labels.  We know that the farther down the list the ingredient is, the less there is of the item.  Sadly, manufacturers have learned to be very creative.  They may use two or more different types of sugars which when listed separately there is less of them so they can be placed further down on the list of ingredients.  But when combined (Sugar is a sugar is a sugar) they would be one of the largest quantities on the ingredient list.  See example below.

Six of the top eight ingredients are sugar.  Yikes.  They are so tricky. 

Take time to choose your carbohydrates wisely.  Your health will thank you for it.

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