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The Shocking Truth About Food Manufacturers Hiding Sugar In Your Food!

It’s no secret, the American diet contains way TOO much sugar!

What is a shocking secret is how food manufacturers are hiding sugar in your food, and the aliases they created to fool you!

The WHO (World Health Organization) recommends that adults consume no more than 25 grams of sugar a day, yet on average most adults consume around 22 teaspoons or 88 grams sugar per day! Yikes!  No wonder we are seeing a rise in lifestyle driven diseases like obesity, type 2 diabetes and heart disease. In fact this is the first time in history where children are being diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes!

So where is all of this sugar coming from? 

We recently toured our local super market – and what we foundsugar shock

was shocking!

Reading food labels made our heads spin. Sugar was everywhere and in everything! In fact it was very difficult to find a prepackaged product without sugar!

Then, we noticed something. Not only did most products contain sugar, they also contained other ingredients that sounded suspicious or “sugar-spicious” (yes, we just invented that word).

On average, most of the products we looked at contained not one, but 3 or more different type of sugars!

You can’t just look for the word sugar anymore. Now you have to know the aliases it goes by, and account for those too.

Below are the 5 most shocking hidden sources of sugar

  1. Salad dressings and condiments (particularly light and fat free versions)
  2. Whole grain cereal and granola
  3. Yogurt (again, particularly light and fat free versions)
  4. Sauces and marinades
  5. Infant formula (really!?!)

So, how do you spot sugar aliases and avoid sugar shock?

First, you have to know what to look for. Did you know that there are actually 57 different names or aliases for sugar?  Some of them are obvious, and some not so much.

The most common forms of sugar: 

  • syrups (high-fructose corn syrup, rice syrup, etc.)
  • cane sugar
  • beet sugar
  • brown sugar
  • powdered sugar
  • raw sugar
  • honey
  • molasses
  • agave nectar

Beware of words that end in “-ose”:

  • fructose
  • lactose
  • sucrose
  • maltose
  • glucose
  • dextrose
  • maltose
  • galactose

 Other sneaky forms of sugar:

  • Barley malt
  • Diastic malt
  • Matlodextrin
  • Corn syrup solids
  • Ethyl maltol
  • Fruit juice concentrate
  • Sorbitol
  • Sorghum syrup
  • Mannitol
  • Moscovado
  • Panocha
  • Caramel
  • Treacle
  • Diatase

For the full list of the names of sugar http://www.prevention.com/food/healthy-eating-tips/57-names-sugar

No, sugar free is not the answer! 

Beware of ‘sugar-free’ foods. These often contain excitotoxins like sucralose, saccharin and aspartame. An excitotoxin is a chemical that causes a brain cell to become overexcited and fire uncontrollably, which can cause permanent damage to the brain and nervous system.

 Top 5 ByDesign Sugar Cutting Tips

  1. Learn the names for sugar.
  2. Read food labels. Be on the lookout for sugar in all of its forms and aliases. Choose products with the least amount of ingredients.
  3. Reduce processed food.  Eat more foods found in nature vs food from a box.
  4. Make your own sauces and dressings.
  5. Eliminate soda and juice.
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byDesign Lifestyle Challenge

  1. For one week – read all of your labels, and count your sugars. What you find may shock you!
  2. Do a sugar detox. For 1 week eliminate ALL added sugars from your diet – take note of how you feel.
  3. Continue to educate yourself on the dangers of sugar, expand your WHY to avoid them for good! To learn more: http://fedupmovie.com/#/page/home