The Hidden Enemy of Your Diet
Sugar is the number 1 enemy of your diet. Sugars have high glycemic index, and high sugar intake causes blood sugar spikes leading to increased insulin secretion, which may cause insulin insensitivity, type 2 diabetes and obesity.
Sugar is found naturally in many foods including fruits, grains and honey, and getting it from these natural sources is good for us. Unfortunately, processed foods contain a daily average of 20 TSP of additional refined sugar. Two cans of soft drink may contain up to 24 TSP OF sugar.
You can control your sugar intake as long as you know the contents of foods you eat, but the problem is that sugar is present in processed foods under other names, all of which are not familiar to all of us.
Why Sugar is Added to Processed Food
Sugar is added to other foods like whole wheat bread, crackers, ketchup, salad dressings, yogurt and fast food. A product may contain more than 1 sugar type with different names. Probably you consume more refined sugar than you realize.
Sugar is added to balance the artificially designed taste of a food, by either masking undesirable taste like acid in ketchup, or adding a sweet taste to the flavor.
The reason for voluntarily adding sugar by the manufacturers, is that sugar and its polymers are cheap to produce, from Cane, Beet or Starch.
The problem of adding sugar is not its caloric content but its high glycemic index as mentioned earlier, Ketchup can be formed with 20% sugar, and 6 ounces of plain yogurt contains 6 grams of sugar, but once you add some strawberries, the sugar content is raised to 24 grams. This sugar is ingested with supposedly unsweet food you purchased.
Search for These Names, They Are Sugars
Barley malt syrup
Brown rice syrup
Concentrated fruit juice
Evaporated cane juice
Evaporated cane juice
Fruit juice concentrate
High-fructose corn syrup
Ribose rice syrup
Rice syrup solids
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