21 Reasons Why Sugar Ruins Your Health
The problem is that added sugars can fall under all sorts of different names on ingredient labels. While it’s currently impossible to tell the percentage of sugar comes from natural or added sources, better labeling is supposed to be around the corner, I really hope so!
One rule of thumb to find these hidden sugars is that any ingredient ending in “ose” is a type of sugar.
Don’t be fooled by more natural-sounding names either. Sweeteners like cane juice, beet sugar, fruit juice, rice syrup and molasses are still types of sugar. Check out their place in the ingredients, list, too. The higher up an ingredient is on the list, the more of it is included in a product.
Other names for added sugar include:
Confectioner’s powdered sugar
Corn syrup solids
High-fructose corn syrup (HFCS)
Nectars (for example, pear nectar)
White granulated sugar
Simply dialing back on processed foods and drinks can lower your sugar intake.
If you do use sugar, use less processed forms, but use them sparingly. Alternatively, I recommend using stevia, monk fruit or yacon syrup for sweetening purposes. Raw honey is also a good option but should be used in small amounts since it raises sugar blood.
Getting enough high-quality protein, fiber and fermented foods can help you lose your sugar cravings over time. Also, eating a low-carb/starch diet helps people to stop craving sweets.