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The Hidden Enemy of Your Diet

Updated on June 19, 2011

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

Apple sugar
Barbados sugar
Bark sugar
Barley malt
Barley malt syrup
Beet sugar
Brown rice syrup
Brown sugar
Cane juice
Cane sugar
Caramelized foods
Carmel coloring
Carmel sugars
Concentrated fruit juice
Corn sweetener
Corn syrup
Date sugar
Evaporated cane juice
Evaporated cane juice
Florida crystals
Fructooligosaccharides (FOS)
Fruit juice concentrate
Glucose polymers
Glucose syrup
High-fructose corn syrup
Invert sugar
Karo syrups
"Light" sugar
"Lite" sugar
Malt dextrin
Malted barley
Maple syrup    
Powdered sugar
Raisin juice
Raisin syrup
Raw sugar
Ribose rice syrup
Rice malt
Rice sugar
Rice sweeteners
Rice syrup solids
Sugar cane
Turbinado sugar
Unrefined sugar
White sugar


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    • billyaustindillon profile image


      9 years ago

      Corn syrup seems to be in everything now - thanks for the reminder.

    • kennynext profile image


      9 years ago from Everywhere

      The sugars are definately bad for us, Also hidden in most of our foods are chemicals that are also added. Most of them I can't even pronounce right, and who knows what destruction they do to our bodies.


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