Did you know that sugar is as addictive as cigarettes, alcohol, drugs and shopping?
When we don’t do our job as a concerned consumer, the government steps in. A recent post from the Center for Science in the Public Interest, according to the Surgeon General report, 350,000 deaths in the United States are caused from conditions related to obesity. In 2008 the number was 300,000. The government’s conclusion is that fat makes us fat. So they placed strict regulations on the food industry, meeting specific requirements on labeling with “low fat’ or “heart healthy” foods. I agree that trans-fat can cause serious damage to our health, but without fat, food tastes like cardboard (Review News Note #2). So the manufacturers and restaurants replaced fat with sugar, making food taste good once again.
The manufacturers were pretty smart, though. They figured you wouldn’t buy food to put on the dinner table with a bunch of sugar in it, so, they renamed it.
Here are some other names given to sugar:
- high fructose corn syrup or fructose
- corn syrup (corn syrup solids)
- maltodextrin (malt syrup) or maltose
- barley malt
- beet sugar
- brown sugar
- buttered syrup
- cane-juice crystals and cane sugar
- caramel or caramel coloring
- carob syrup
- dextran or dextrose
- diatase (diastatic malt)
- ethyl maltol
- fruit juice or fruit juice concentrate
- glucose or glucose solids
- grape sugar
- invert sugar
- turbinado sugar
- yellow sugar
- refiner’s sugar
- raw sugar
- date sugar
- sorghum syrup
This is the thing— All this excess sugar dumps into the liver. The liver doesn’t know what to do with it, so it stores it as fat! And FYI: the storage takes place in the arteries as LDL. This fat as trans-fat sticks to the walls of the arteries causing serious health conditions. YES SUGAR, NOT FAT. And this happens to our beautiful children who are continually exposed to this kind of diet! Let me say, even thin people are in danger.
While the government blames fat on America’s health issues, I blame the consumer. Why? Because..Ingredient labels don’t lie. Since 1990, Congress passed the Nutrition Labeling and Education Act, putting all ingredients, by order of weight, on the label. Labels don’t lie. Now they may be deceiving in the advertising part of the label on the front cover that read: No Trans Fat, Heart Healthy and Low Fat. Be aware of this kind of advertising. I gave you a good start with the list. Congress passed a labeling and education act. Use it to your advantage. Internet is a wonderful tool for looking up questionable words that are on ingredient lists. About 10 years ago, I got serious about reading the ingredient list of all the foods I had purchased. I found sugar labeled as maltodextrin in my salt!!!!!!! Sugar in salt? Who would ever think that was so, unless I saw it with my own eyes! I trusted this product because my mother used it. Well, that was the last time I bought that salt. Also, ask restaurants and fast food places for the ingredients list in their foods you purchase. It’s your right to know.
It’s your body and ultimately your health. At least, you can’t blame anyone for your not knowing the truth.
Happy to be
Gerri Gatto, your weight loss coach