STOP CALLING IT “HIDDEN” SUGAR!

Publication9CROPPED400The World Health Organization (WHO) provided a document supplied by the Centers For Disease Control (CDC) entitled, “Consumption of Added Sugars Among U.S. Adults, 2005–2010.” In this document, it was determined that the maximum daily consumption of added sugar should not exceed:

25 grams or 6 teaspoons per day.

(REFERENCE: Consumption of Added Sugars Among U.S. Adults, 2005–2010)

As of 2014, The American Heart Association claimed the average American consumed approximately

20 teaspoons of sugar daily.

(REFERENCE: American Heart Association: Daily Sugar Consumption as of 2014)

Added sugar in our foods certainly goes by many different names including: white sugar, brown sugar, raw sugar, corn syrup, corn syrup solids, high fructose corn syrup, malt syrup, maple syrup, pancake syrup, fructose sweetener, liquid fructose, honey, molasses, anhydrous dextrose, crystal dextrose, and dextrin. This is where the “HIDDEN NAME” originated!

Blaming manufacturers for “trickery” in their labeling practices, however, only goes so far. The consumer has blinded him and herself to the CLEARLY IDENTIFIED ingredient called

SUGAR

as demonstrated in the various picture examples below:

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Consumers consider some of these products to be “healthy foods.” If a food containing “healthy ingredients” adds large quantities of SUGAR, it is no longer a HEALTHY FOOD!

With so many Americans fearing a potential health crisis because of limited health insurance, one ANSWER to reducing major illnesses starts by reducing SUGAR CONSUMPTION. Reading labels and understanding ingredients can dramatically reduce the cost of health care. The fewer the ingredients, the more likely the product is based on REAL FOOD!

It’s time we stop pointing our fingers at government, insurers and doctors and begin taking ACTION STEPS increasing our INDIVIDUAL RESPONSIBILITY for making BETTER personal CHOICES.

READ THE FOOD LABELS FOR SUGAR

BEFORE CONSUMING THE PRODUCT so you can PREVENT diseases including heart disease, diabetes (excluding Type One), obesity. cancer, stroke and depression from happening in the first place!

 

 

 

 

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39 comments

  1. This post is brilliant, Jonathan. I do always check labels but I also like to cook from scratch so I know what has gone into my food. I know not everyone has a love of cooking but it certainly saves you having to read label after label on ready-made this and that. I make my own homemade muesli – love not having to stand in the aisle for twenty minutes reading the labels of countless cereal brands.

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    1. People often associate meal preparation with wasted personal time. As people suffer the health consequences of “convenient” processed foods, they often change their views. Unfortunately, it is often too late!

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  2. great advice Doc .. been doing that for years and the high content of sugar is a shocker, and salt …

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    1. I guess wisdom really does come with age (sometimes 🙂 )

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  3. Amen and reblogged 🙂

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    1. Thank you so much for sharing this with your readers.

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      1. You are welcome and happy to reblog anyone’s post if it shares my views or it makes me laugh 🙂 What I mean is it is in keeping with my values.

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  4. Reblogged this on Retired? No one told me! and commented:
    Well, It saves me having to do it! Read thy labels or be like me and make it from scratch..Not everything takes forever to make…I spend as little time in the kitchen as I can…It is sooooo hot here and you try using dried goods with a fan blowing…lol
    And sometimes that wording is so damned small and I know that it is not just because I am getting on in years …They don’t want you to READ IT!
    But I would like you to read this and follow me on how to cook with minimum effort and produce tasty, good food…No frills and no nasties and then tell me you didn’t enjoy it…Everyone comes back for more in this house 🙂

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    1. It really starts with adjusting one’s MINDSET! Preparing meals (as you say) does NOT have to be ridiculously time consuming while improving awareness of what enters the BODY! Convenience found in many processed foods is offset by the health complications that develop over time. Short cuts in life often create hidden adversity.

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      1. Absolutely….By the time you heat up convenience food you could make your own healthy dinner…Healthy doesn’t mean long hours in the kitchen it means being smart and planning 🙂

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  5. You’re absolutely right. We definitely need to take our health seriously as it is an individual’s sole responsibility instead of blaming companies that produce packaged food. Personally, I prefer to cook meals myself rich in spices and I feel like homemade dishes are much more filling which reduces the need to eat more.

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    1. Shows that you are willing to invest your time in YOURSELF. Proves you VALUE your life. Wise decision!

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  6. Great post, thanks for sharing!! It is so important to read labels these days.

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    1. If the consumer would only realize it!

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  7. great as always sir

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    1. Much appreciated!

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  8. Great post….kat

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    1. Since the topic was sugar, you should have responded, “Grrrrrreeaattttttt Post (like Tony the Tiger!) Talk about unhealthy quantities of sugar!!!! 🙂

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      1. It was Amaaaaaazing!!! LOL I can’t believe back in the days they taught our kids it was okay to eat as much sugar as want, just no fat…it was always a huge heated debate at our house….then he ifinally grew up some and thought better of it….infact he looks back now and couldn’t believe how he argued his case with me…. I sent him a link to your post….thanks…kat

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  9. Good point! Hidden sugar isn’t hidden at all. I’m a label reader and when I started years ago, I was shocked out of my shoes at the high sugar content of some run of the mill grocery items. A lot of yogurt is like that…you’d be better off eating ice cream!

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    1. That is EXACTLY the point. I hope readers will listen to YOUR words!!

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  10. I love then they try and trick you and put the sugar content per serving…and then you read that the bottle or container has 3 servings in it!

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    1. Sadly, their approach is effective. The consumer (to a large extent) is unaware how harmful many of these products are.

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  11. I am now a label reader. Necessary as a diabetic especially one dependent on insulin.

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  14. Yes, the deadly sugar ! Fortunately I do read labels when needed. So often ‘the healthy’ is not so healthy ! This is a great article and hopefully it does impact the readers to be more aware.

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    1. Awareness is my “middle name.” 😀 As information is provided in a usable, realistic, and truthful manner, people become less resistant to CHANGE. It simply takes patience and caring.

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  15. Yes, let’s PREVENT disease – it’s SOOOOO much easier than healing after the fact! Stop the sugar addiction before it begins. 😉

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    1. In my opinion, the answer starts with correcting YOUTHFUL habits/lifestyles. Adults often feel entitled to self destructive choices; children need to be taught AND RAISED with healthy lifestyle patterns and behaviors.

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      1. Absolutely. In fact, I can’t stop thinking about writing a book called Raising Sugar Free Kids. Any suggestions? 😉

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        1. Yes. First, title it, “The EASE Of Raising Sugar Free Kids. If you title it, “Raising Sugar Free Kids,” parents will think it’s about a “battle of will.” I would gladly discuss greater details with you if you would like. My email address is JNCtheDC93@yahoo.com I would love to share my experience with treating children and teaching their parents how to implement PLANS OF ACTION (getting the children involved.)

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  16. Reblogged this on quirkywritingcorner and commented:
    It is not hidden on me; it’s revealed in plump hips and thighs!

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    1. Thank you so much for sharing this with your readers.
      Now, how about we address your potential sugar issues and see if those hips and thighs appreciate the effort! 🙂

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  17. I love the examples you’ve included here. I think I was most shocked when I discovered how much sugar was in pasta sauce. It’s so easy to eat too much!

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    1. Rather than complicate life, all we need to do is FOCUS our attention on eating REAL FOOD first! As we get quality food into our bodies and experience the benefits of increased energy and function, our feeling of “deprivation” begin to dissipate. Processed chemicals and dyes may provide momentary pleasure, but quickly make us feel lethargic and unmotivated. As we begin to rationalize this, our desire for these foods lessen. I am one who believes all foods can be enjoyed (even harmful ones.) Providing 80-90% quality food intake (FIRST) followed by 10-20% “comfort foods” will produce quality results for most people.

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