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Posted on 05-11-2015

Sugar hides in a lot of different things and is disguised in a lot of different forms. It's not always the obvious cake, cookies and ice cream that gets you. Sugar provides no nutritional benefit and is considered an "empty" calorie because of it.

When reading the ingredients list, in addition to "sugar," watch for these ingredients -- they're alternate names for forms of added sugar: corn sweetener, corn syrup, high-fructose corn syrup, dextrose, fruit juice concentrates, lactose, maltose, malt syrup, molasses, cane juice, cane syrup and sucrose. Any ingredient ending in "ose" is likely a form of sugar.

Many times they'll hide sugar in multiple synonyms to make it seem like there is less sugar in it.  

Take this example:
3. Wheat Thins
Whole grain wheat flour, unbleached enriched flour, soybean oil, sugar, cornstarch, malt syrup, salt, invert sugar, monoglycerides, leavening, vegetable color

There is sugar, malt syrup and invert sugar. So instead of saying there are 15 grams of "sugar," there are 5 grams of each.

Healthier alternatives of sugar are:
Raw Honey
Coconut Palm Sugar
Artichoke Syrup
Lucuma Powder

However, even alternative forms of sugar are still not great for you.  

-Dr. Jake

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