Sugar In Food


Sugar In Food – A Surprising Amount In Everything!

June 26, 2013 by  54 Comments

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Almost everything has some form of sugar and we as a society seem to never get enough, but are there some consumable items that might shock you to be worse than others?

First off, let’s bring to light what sugar can do to your body. This sweet substance can bring on a slew of health problems, a few of which are major issues common among those who like to overindulge. The big two would be diabetes and obesity. In truth sugar can definitely make things seem to taste drastically better but there is a toll for it in the long term.

Obesity is rapidly becoming more common among the populace. From a young age children are exposed to sugar as this holy treat full of goodness. I’m sure most people at the time were thinking, “I wish I could eat [insert disgustingly high sugar content item here] for the rest of my life!”. You used to get extremely excited whenever your parents or someone asked if you want a treat or to go down to the store because you know you’re about to leap onto a cloud full of angelic awesomeness. Then you grow a bit older and maybe you started getting a bad case of acne. From there it can just snowball into a mound of unwanted effects or conditions. Everyone is different but no one is invincible to the effects of sugar.

The problem is that instead of treating sugar like, well a “treat”; We instead ingest it all day everyday like it’s common place and normal to do so. Dr. Robert Lustig, author of the book Fat Chance: The Bitter Truth About Sugar claims that 75% – 80% of all obesity stems from insulin which is created from sugar intake. In a previous blog post on Why You Shouldn’t Neglect H2O I wrote about how a consistent diet of soft drinks is absolutely awful for you. Your body can handle some sugar spurts but when it is routinely consumed that’s a completely different story.

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20 Common Foods With High Sugar Levels

Now some of these are surprising and some are not. Something to keep in mind is that even when you think you are eating something “healthy” it very well might be packed with extra sugar. It’s smart to check the nutrition facts or even the ingredients on the back of the packaging yourself. You might be surprised to see some things like dried fruits and sugar listed as the first ingredient instead of fruit!

  1. Sugar/Sweeteners (Stop or loosen up on adding this to everything!)
  2. Soft drinks
  3. Dried fruit (look for unsweetened instead)
  4. Flavoured yogurt
  5. Cereal
  6. Flavoured Oatmeal
  7. Spaghetti
  8. Fruit juice
  9. Sweetened Iced Tea
  10. Sports Drinks
  11. Salad Dressing
  12. Ketchup (along with many other sauces)
  13. Low Fat/Fat Free Sweets
  14. Energy Bars
  15. Granola
  16. Fruit Smoothies
  17. Frozen TV Dinners
  18. Canned Baked Beans
  19. Jam/Jelly/Spreads
  20. Apple Sauce

Sugar Is a Drug

Drugs alter your mind, are addictive and usually toxic. So is sugar! Imagine if a food company laced your meals with morphine so that you’d buy more? The public would go nuts. So they use sugar to get people hooked.

Most of the items commonly consumed that are clearly treats also don’t offer any nutritional value. This is a massive concern especially when it comes to kids. The worst thing you can do is have your kids hooked early. It’s extremely easy to eat sugary foods and gain weight but it’s quite the opposite trying to lose the sugar and weight.

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13 Side Effects Of Sugar Intake

  1. Obesity
  2. Diabetes
  3. Heart failure/disease
  4. Cancer
  5. High blood pressure
  6. Restrain the immune system
  7. Poor memory
  8. Acne
  9. Tooth decay
  10. Learning disorders
  11. Depression
  12. Headaches and migraines
  13. Yeast infection

So What You’re Saying Is?

Reduce, limit or avoid as much sugar as possible. A lot of foods even thought to be healthy already have sugars. Fruits in particular are a huge source of sugar. Teach the world that sugar is a treat and not an everyday pleasure. Check out the nutrition facts and ingredients on the back of consumables to make sure sugar isn’t the first and highest rated item. Oh and do yourself a favour and replace most your beverage choices with water!

 

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One comment on “Sugar In Food

  1. I was so surprised how much sugar was in everything I was eating, when I went low carb diet (just not eating cakes cookies ice cream and floury stuff) I really became very sick for a week, I never knew I was consuming so many empty carbs. I dont agree sugar is a drug per say (except maybe when you eat so much of the empty carbs and deplete your nutrition status to handle it properly) I would not classify fruit as a sugar, yes it has some carbs in it, but to say it is sugar is a bit unfair to categorize it with regular sugar (like the used to do with fats lumping all the processed burnt store bought veggies oils and crisco with coconut oil and olive oil and margerin with real butter) we are designed to eat whole carbs, like fruit, it is just so full of nutrients (and our bodies do use glucose alot too especially the brain) to eliminate it even bananas is foolish. our bodies cannot live on ketones forever we were not designed to do so for those who limit all carbs. to categorize our bodies energy source as a drug is unfair too, cocain and heroin and cigerettes and caffiene are not nutrients for the body. they would be classified as a drug. glucose is one of the main energy sources our bodies use. but I get the point that carbs that people are eating everyday as staples are killing us because filling up on empty food means your not hungry or eating nutrient dense foods at all and you become malnorished which makes hte use of energy that much harder andmore damaging for the body. just like we need oxygen to live but our bodies do need the nutrients to handle the oxidation going on in the body otherwise oxygen becomes a poison that you can’t live without instead. I do however feel better today my cravings and headaches and stomach cramps and weakenss and fatigue has subsided, so I must be on the right track I hope.

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