BOO!!! This Halloween, the scariest thing you will see is the amount of sugar in that Halloween candy! But beware, sugar can be found hiding in many other foods, along with the candy that will be handed out today.
Check your protein bars, yogurts (hello, Noosa), pasta sauces, crackers and salad dressings for sugars secretly lurking.
With apologies to Nestle and Brach’s…consuming sugar not only causes weight gain, stresses your heart, and it contributes to diabetes AND wrinkles. (Do you really want to feed your wrinkles?)
Sugar is also highly addictive. (In fact, as addictive as heroin.) And guess what…eating sugar makes you crave more sugar. Why do we like it? Because fruits were the food our ancient paleo relatives found most readily and ate for quick energy…when they couldn’t find a source of protein. BUT, huge quantities of sugar were not available then as it is for humans today. So…we have to temper this craving, look for the hidden sources of sugar, and limit our intake.
The American Heart Association gives us intake guidelines* of 6 teaspoons per day for women and 9 teaspoons per day for men, (but I think 0 teaspoons of added sugar is the appropriate amount). To put those guidelines in perspective: one can of Coke has 11 teaspoons of sugar.
The high fructose corn syrup in those candy corns isn’t the only sugar out there that might scare you. So, here is your handy reference guide to all the sugars lurking out there in your foods. Check your food labels for these:
61 Names for Sugar
Barley malt syrup
Cane juice crystals
Coconut palm sugar
Corn syrup solids
Dehydrated cane juice
Evaporated cane juice
Free-flowing brown sugars
Fructose (fruit sugars removed from their fruit)
Fruit juice concentrate
HFCS (High-Fructose Corn Syrup)
Maltitol (a manufactured sugar alcohol)
Need help giving up sugar? Check out this article from the NYT:
Source of this great info on sugar is:
BRILLIANT. EASY. BESPOKE.