Sugar by any other name is still sugar

different types of sugar

Sugar takes many forms.

Sugar is everywhere, and many experts say that it is the primary culprit in the obesity and diabetes epidemics in our country. Many of my clients want to limit the amount of sugar they eat, so they carefully reduce the amount of sugar they add to their foods. Yet most Americans still get more than 22 teaspoons — or 355 calories — of added sugar a day, according to an article from the Mayo Clinic. This number far exceeds USDA guidelines and American Heart Association recommendations

Sugar is in just about every packaged food on the grocery store shelves. But you have to really look at the labels because sugar goes by many different names. Check for ingredients ending in “ose,” which is the chemical name for many types of sugar, such as fructose. Whatever it’s called, or whatever it’s original form, it’s still sugar.

And here’s another tidbit: to avoid listing sugar as the first ingredient on the label, food manufacturers will use several different kinds of sugar. This allows them to put sugar further down on the list, thus fooling you into thinking there isn’t too much sugar in what you’re eating. […]