I’m sure you already know that you need to avoid sugar to lose weight. The problem is food manufacturers are very sneaky at hiding it in their products. They list it in the ingredients, but they are constantly coming up with new names for sugar to make them sound different and maybe even healthier to some people.
Please read this list of 57 names for sugar written by “The Huffington Post” and try to memorize it or bring it with you when you go food shopping.
No matter what you call it, if it’s a form of sugar, it’s going to have calories that will lead to weight gain. Especially if you are eating it regularly. That’s why it’s so important to be informed and learn how to read labels!
The most plentiful form of sugar on the market (hidden in 80% of processed foods) and most detrimental to your health is High Fructose Corn Syrup. It’s in everything from bread to salad dressings, barbecue sauce, yogurt, granola bars, even protein bars! Don’t be fooled by marketing techniques that try to make products sound healthy like “All Natural” or Nutritious”, “Healthy Alternative”. The only natural, healthy alternatives are actually made by Mother Nature not a food manufacturer. Unless there is actually no added sugars, no preservatives, no artificial ingredients at all.
If you do buy protein bars avoid any with high fructose corn syrup and less than 10 grams of sugar and more than 10 grams of protein. And absolutely avoid any artificial sweeteners such as saccharin, acesulfame, aspartame, neotame, and sucralose.
Check out this video posted by Mark Hyman, MD. He is Director for the Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine, Chairman of the Institute for Functional Medicine and founder of The UltraWellness Center.