Sugar, the sweetest poison there ever was. This white substance is everywhere, in our sauces, cooking condiments, energy bars and even in our canned fruits. Don’t get this wrong, this post is actually referring to the simple sugars that are often used to preserve foods or improve their taste; not the complex natural occurring sugars that can be found in vegetables, fruits, whole grains or nuts. Those are what we call the “good sugars” because unlike simple sugars, they contain fiber, vitamins, and minerals – nutrients that actually do add value to our bodies.
Why should you care about sugar this much?
You should because simple sugars are bad for you; they affect your liver by causing it to overload, they cause your tooth to decay, they give you a momentary boost of energy but make you feel fatigued later on and in extreme cases, they give you diabetes.
Ideally, the WHO recommends we keep our added sugar consumption to less than 6 teaspoons a day. A lot of folks seem to think they are adhering, whereas they aren’t. Consuming an energy drink here, a snack bar there and a canned fruit alongside your dinner can easily see you exceeding over 10 teaspoons of sugar daily. This is possible because, on these products, sugar isn’t listed as sugar; instead, you see them as listed Brown rice syrup, lactose, maltose, fruit juice concentrate, galactose, and caramel. Sugar alcohols are another way in which sugar is hidden on product information. Next time you take a trip to the grocery store while reading the product information, lookout for words that end in “-ose” or “ol”.
For more information, check out this very helpful infographic we came across.