Sugar on the DL (and 3 ways to spot it)!

Sugar on the DL (and 3 ways to spot it)!

Now that we’ve covered reading the right label, one of the things to look out for is added sugars. Added sugars can be sneaky because “sugar” isn’t always in the listed name of ingredients. Not to mention companies may use a variety of added sugars, making the amount of sugar less obvious and more misleading. Why avoid sugar? I really don’t like doom and gloom, “eat this and you will slowly die” type of info sharing, but if you really want to read some of the depressing facts about eating sugar, you can by clicking here. I will say that sugar is not very nutritious and is very addicting. Added sugars make you feel hungrier than you are which leads to overeating.  But not just hungry for food, hungry for more sugar. Eating added sugars gets your brain begging for more and takes away the desire for eating nutrient rich foods that actually help your body thrive. So let’s call out those sneaky aliases for what they really are- SUGAR. Here are 3 sure ways to spot sneaky sugar aliases: 1.) Ingredients ending in “-ose” maltose dextrose glucose fructose & high fructose sucrose lactose sucralose 2.) Ingredients with juice in them cane juice evaporated cane juice fruit juice concentrate & fruit juice cane juice crystals 3.) Ingredients with syrup in them cane syrup brown rice syrup high fructose corn syrup & corn syrup agave syrup (agave nectar) oat syrup rice syrup Recap: When the ingredients label doesn’t just come out and say “sugar”, look for the “-ose”, juice and syrups… and steer clear! CHALLENGE- Go through your pantry or...
Are you reading the wrong label?

Are you reading the wrong label?

Ever since the FDA started labeling packaged food in 1990, the public has been heavily-trained to read the nutrition facts. You know the drill.  Look at how much fat and calories it has, right? And bonus, take notice of all those daily percentage values for vitamins! Sweet, right? Not entirely. The reality is that a nutrition label can be very misleading and what it won’t tell you is what you really want to know.    Let’s first look at what it WILL tell you: It will tell you how many calories are in that product per serving. It will tell you how much of those calories are from fat. It will tell you how much vitamin A, vitamin C, and Calcium is included.  And here’s what it WON’T tell you:  It won’t tell you if those calories are from real food sources or “frankenfoods” (GMO foods) It won’t tell you the source of fat (whether it’s a nutritious and natural source or synthetic processed source) It won’t tell you which food sources the vitamins are coming from  Solution:  Rather than spend time trying to decode and understand the confusing (and often misleading) nutrition facts, look at the INGREDIENTS LIST instead. That my friends, is a gold mine of information that will help you very quickly know if the product is a nutritious choice. Ingredient lists tell you WHAT is in that product.  It’ll tell you how processed your food is, what’s been added to it, and if its a healthy product for you. Now that you know which label to read, here’s what you should you look for. Choose foods that have the least...