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.