Ask the Weight Loss Expert – William Audren
Keeping Track of Sugar
Sugar is often a hidden ingredient in processed foods. We know now that excessive sugar intake can lead to Type 2 Diabetes, contribute to metabolic syndrome, and lead to excessive weight gain. One way to find sugar on a food label is by recognizing the suffix “–ose”: Sucrose, Maltose, Dextrose, Fructose, Glucose, Galactose, Lactose, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Glucose solids.
However, just because it doesn’t end in “–ose” doesn’t mean it isn’t sugar. There are plenty of other names to hide sugar – over 300. The most commonly used names are: cane juice, dehydrated cane juice, cane juice solids, cane juice crystals, dextrin, maltodextrin, dextran, barley malt, beet sugar, corn syrup, corn syrup solids, caramel, buttered syrup, carob syrup, brown sugar, date sugar, malt syrup, diatase, diatastic malt, fruit juice, fruit juice concentrate, dehydrated fruit juice, fruit juice crystals, golden syrup, turbinado, sorghum syrup, refiner’s syrup, ethyl maltol, maple syrup, rice syrup, yellow sugar.
By dividing the total amount of added sugars into three or four different sugar names, it looks like the food has less sugar. Remember, SUGAR is SUGAR. If you are trying to limit your sugar intake, then you need to learn the other names for sugar on food labels, and keep track of ALL sugars consumed.