"But mom, there's no sugar listed on the label." Hmmm... let's take a closer look. Thanks to food scientists, manufacturers have over 40 different types of sugar derivatives to use in the foods they make for your eating pleasure. (Manufacturers figured out that the sweeter their products, the more you'll like them, and the more you'll buy.)
Pull a few products out of your refrigerator or pantry and check out the label. Are any of these ingredients lurking inside? Is so, you've got sugar's friends: barley malt, beet sugar, brown rice syrup, cane juice, caramel, corn sweeteners, high fructose corn syrup, honey, dextrin, dextrose, evaporated cane juice, fructose, fruit concentrate, glucose, hydrolyzed starch, sucrose, invert sugar, maltodextrin, polydextrose, powdered or confectioner's sugar,turinado sugar, organic sugar, organic cane sugar, organic high fructose corn syrup, organic fructose, and others.
Become familiar with the names of sugar's friends. You wouldn't let your kids hang out with friends you don't know so why would you be okay with mystery ingredients sliding down the throats of you and your family?
As part of your healthier diet, sugar needs to find a new place to hang out.
For additional reading about the history of sugar, how its processed and metabloized, click here.
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