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What are added sugars?

It is understood that sugars play a massive part on being overweight and added sugars are listed on the nutritional labels of most foods, in general an added sugar is where it does not occur naturally in the foodstuff. A quick scan down the label will tell you what is included, the more obscure ingredients are often the chemical additives . Remember on nutritional labels the ingredients are give in descending order according to quantity, so if any of the below are near the top of the list, then the chances are that they will affect your weight loss.

These include;

  • Dextrose
  • Fructose
  • Corn Syrup
  • Sugar
  • High-fructose corn syrup
  • Honey
  • Lactose
  • Invert Sugar
  • Malt Syrup
  • Maltose
  • Maple Syrup
  • Molasses
  • Nectars
  • Glucose
  • Fruit Juice Concentrate

Artificial Sweetners

Created artificial sweeteners, have had lot's of bad press over the years, some of the more common being linked to cancer. It is wise to reduce your foods that contain any artificial sweeteners, even if the calorie content is less,as they are often seen to be more harmful in the long-term. While some will have been cleared, many will still be in long term trials and it is wise to look out for the following:

  • Acesulfame potassium
  • Aspartame
  • Aspartame-acesulfame salt
  • Cyclamate
  • Erythritol
  • Glycerol
  • Glycyrrhizin
  • Hydrogenated starch hydrolysate
  • Isomalt
  • Lactitol
  • Maltitol
  • Mannitol
  • Neotame
  • Polydextrose
  • Saccharin
  • Sorbitol
  • Sucralose
  • Tagatose
  • Xylitol

Artificial Sweeteners and added sugars are more prevalent today then ever before, not just  through greater production, but a greater understanding of chemistry allowing us to mimic the sweet taste we find so appealing. It is wise to remember that not all artificial sweeteners are harmful and indeed some have been clinically trialled, showing to be more beneficial over some natural sugars.

Added sugars are almost inescapable in modern foods, our modernized agricultural demands mean we much continue to pump more additives in, to not only increase sales from altering flavour, but to preserve the food for longer.