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Sugar is lurking in just about everything these days (and it’s hiding under many different aliases too)

It is well known that the world’s sugar intake is out of control and that this is fuelling obesity and disease. What is perhaps less well known is how to spot hidden sugars on food labels. I mean, how is easy is it to remember all of these different names used to hide sugar (and many products use more than one of them).

Here is the list of the 77 added sugars featured in the video:

  1. Agave Nectar
  2. Barbados Sugar
  3. Barley Malt
  4. Beet Sugar
  5. Blackstrap Molasses
  6. Brown Rice Syrup
  7. Brown Sugar
  8. Buttered Sugar
  9. Buttered Syrup
  10. Cane Crystals
  11. Cane Juice
  12. Cane Juice Crystals
  13. Cane Sugar
  14. Caramel
  15. Carob Syrup
  16. Castor Sugar
  17. Coconut Nectar
  18. Coconut Sugar
  19. Confectioner’s Sugar
  20. Corn Sweetener
  21. Corn Syrup
  22. Corn Syrup Solids
  23. Crystalline Fructose
  24. Date Sugar
  25. Demerara Sugar
  26. Dextran
  27. Dextrose
  28. Diastatic Malt
  29. Diatase
  30. Ethyl Maltol
  31. Evaporated Cane Juice
  32. Fructose
  33. Fructose Syrup
  34. Fructose-Glucose Syrup
  35. Fruit Juice
  36. Fruit Juice Concentrate
  37. Galactose
  38. Glucose
  39. Glucose Solids
  40. Glucose Syrup
  41. Glucose-Fructose Syrup
  42. Golden Sugar
  43. Golden Syrup
  44. Granulated Sugar
  45. Grape Sugar
  46. Grape Sugar Concentrate
  47. High-Fructose Corn Syrup
  48. Honey
  49. Icing Sugar
  50. Invert Sugar
  51. Invert Sugar Syrup
  52. Lactose
  53. Light Brown Soft Sugar
  54. Malt Syrup
  55. Maltodextrin
  56. Maltose
  57. Maple Syrup
  58. Molasses
  59. Molasses Syrup
  60. Muscovado Sugar
  61. Organic Raw Sugar
  62. Panela
  63. Panocha
  64. Raw Sugar
  65. Refiner’s Syrup
  66. Rice Bran Syrup
  67. Rice Syrup
  68. Sorbitol
  69. Sorghum
  70. Sorghum Syrup
  71. Sucrose
  72. Sugar
  73. Syrup
  74. Tapioca Syrup
  75. Treacle
  76. Turbinado Sugar
  77. Yellow Sugar

Not all sugars are created equal, and some of these are ‘healthier’ options than others. For example, I often use coconut nectar and coconut sugar when creating sweet treats. The key thing is awareness of the amount of sugar being consumed and having it in moderation.

NHS Guidelines advise a MAXIMUM of 30g of sugar a day for those aged 11 and over. This is about 7 and a half teaspoons (half the added sugar in a Starbucks Grande Caramel Frappuccino).

The NHS guidelines for children advise those aged 4 to 6 years old should have a MAXIMUM of 19g of added sugar a day (5 teaspoons), and children aged 7 to 10 years old NO MORE THAN 24g (6 teaspoons). You can currently buy a children’s fire engine cake from Waitrose that has 86.7g of sugar PER SLICE – about 4 times the maximum a child should consume in a day!!!!

Starbucks Caramel Frappuccino 15 teaspoons sugar

Waitrose cake 22 teaspoons sugar

Monster 14 teaspoons sugar

Important Note – Artificial Sweeteners

Please don’t be fooled into using artificial sweeteners instead. Many of these are linked with causing disease too. For example, aspartame accounts for over 75 percent of the adverse reactions to food additives reported to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Aspartame has 90 different documented symptoms, including seizures and death.

 

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