Saturday, September 20, 2008

Sugar Free

I got this advice from a men's mag: Eat less sugar. For the diabetics and the overweight this should be obvious. No soda, juice, sweetened teas and coffees, sugary cereals and candy. For the rest of us it is wise to follow this advice. I for one have been quite picky when it comes to eating sweets lately although I must admit that resisting the "sweet temptation" is not as easy as you might think - especially when you're hungry. Here comes the tricky part actually. Did you know that sugar hides behind such names as:

1. Barley malt
2. Brown-rice syrup
3. Corn syrup
4. Dextrose
5. Evaporated cane-juice invert syrup
6. Fructose
7. Fruit juice
8. Galactose
9. Glucose
10. High fructose corn syrup
11. Honey
12. Lactose
13. Maltodextrin.
14. Maple syrup.
15. Molasses
16. Organic cane juice
17. Sorghum
18. Sucrose
19. Turbinado

Whew! That's a long list to watch out for. Experts suggest that we substitute high-protein snacks such as cheese or eggs in preference to starchy ones like bagels, chiffons, cakes, etc. Also, consuming fruits may also satisfy your sweet tooth cravings minus the guilt. Next time you go and buy something from the grocery be sure to check the sugar content using the above checklist.

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