Halloween is right around the corner so while the world sports their frightening zombie costumes, we're ready to tackle the real monsters creeping up from behind. We're referring to the blood-sucking sugars that have been sneaked into the food you consume on a daily basis. When you really think about it, what’s scary isn’t the sugars themselves, but that you’ve been unaware of their lurking presence in your diet.
Sugar: a sweet that’s not so sweet
It can put you at risk for cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular disease ...shall I continue? Sugar is known for it’s master ability to spark widespread inflammation in the body. It can cause pain, fatigue, poor concentration, weight gain, and even take our skin down with it.
Experts in the scientific field have now confirmed that overeating sugar will cause dull skin and wrinkles...yikes! For all the sweet tooths out there, it’s a tough pill to swallow.
The biggest victims of the sugar attack? Elastin and collagen, the most prevalent protein in our bodies. When these two are the ones under fire, our skin, hair, and nails become visibly dry and brittle leading to sagging and fine lines.
Identifying sugar’s nicknames
Knowledge is definitely power in this day and age. That’s why it is essential that you’re able to identify sugar’s bizarre nicknames throughout your grocery shopping experience.
The first step is to make sure that the product you’ve grabbed isn’t highly processed. Processed foods already contain an absurd amount of unhealthy sweeteners so if you are having trouble pronouncing a long list of ingredients, I would suggest finding an alternative option.
From there, we examine the label for easy-to-pronounce artificial, naturally-occurring, and overall sneaky sugars. Below is a list of the many, many, many nicknames that sugar goes by. In fact, this isn’t even the entire list of names that have been used on labels. There are tons of variations within the nicknames, but if you know that dextrose is another name for sugar, then you can probably decode “crystal dextrose” to mean sugar as well.
Read through them so that the names are familiar if you happen to come across such hidden sugars at the store.
The best sweetener is one derived from the earth. There are no chemicals or processing involved in the making of this ideal sweetener.
Stevia and monk fruit extract are becoming more and more popular due to their high level of sweetness and low number of calories. But before you switch to something like stevia you must do your research to make sure that what you’re buying is actually natural and unprocessed. Hint: a small container of stevia should cost at least $40 and the fine powder inside must be green. Be on the look out because one of the ways that companies get away with lower prices on their stevia-sweetened food products is to disguise cheap, unhealthy, manipulated stevia as true stevia leaf.
Many people choose to only satisfy their sweet tooth from whole fruits such as dried cranberries or dates. Although these are absolutely clean ingredients when organically sourced, they still showcase a large volume of sugar. At the end of the day sugar is still sugar and the affect on your health and beauty will continue to manifest until you set a lower goal range for sugar consumption per day.
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