Sugar is everywhere

Did you get off track with your eating during the holidays?  You are not alone.  I definitely had a bit too many cookies.  The key is that you can recognize it and reset your habits.  Take a break from the sugar and get back on track.  Sugar is our worst enemy when we are trying to be healthy.  The food producers add sugar to almost every processed food.  When we try to get foods that are healthy, the labels say Whole Grain or Low Fat, check the labels before you use your hard-earned money.  I’ve been burned by not doing this in the past.  I get it home and when I start to use it look at the back.  What?  It has sugar!  It didn’t say that!  We need to train ourselves to read the small print.  Sugar is listed with so many names to confuse us.

  • Sucrose
  • High fructose corn syrup
  • Agave
  • Maple syrup
  • Brown sugar
  • Honey
  • Raw sugar
  • Fruit juice concentrate
  • Sorghum syrup
  • Coconut sugar
  • Brown rice syrup
  • Dextrin
  • Dextrose
  • Ethyl maltol
  • Glucose
  • Maltose
  • Rice syrup
  • Fructose


But not all sugar is created equal.  Some sugars have a gentler effect on our body than others.  The best forms of sugars to use are listed below.

  • Stevia
  • Honey
  • Pure maple syrup
  • Coconut sugar
  • Dates

The important thing to remember is to limit the amount of sugar in your diet.  Sugar can also be found in whole foods like vegetables and fruits.  These are natural occurring sugars.  The amount of sugar still counts but these are considered better options for your diet.   Current guidelines for sugar intake is that no more than 10% of daily calories come from sugar.  Try avoiding anything that has added sugar.  It’s on the label.  When you see it list as 0 for added sugar you know that any sugar is naturally occurring.  Limit your intake daily and make sure you are drinking plenty of water to assist your body in flushing out what it does not need.  If you notice you are craving it, try taking a break all together for 3 weeks of all sugar to reset the urge to eat sweets.

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