Saturday, April 12, 2008
Hi There My beautiful Spark Family.This is my first blog.I am reading and using a book called "You Are What You Eat" by Dr. Gillian McKeith,to guide me on my lifestyle change.In her book "Slim For Life", she lists the 14 different names to identify added sugars in foods.I thought I might share this list with you because after learning these,I was so surprised to see them actually on some of the food's ingredients lists I buy that I didn't realize sugar was in .On some foods you may find two or three of them in the list.
Here they are:
1) brown sugar,2) cane juice,3) corn syrup,4) dextrose,5) glucose,6) High fructose(anything),7) invert sugar,8) lactose,9) maltose,10) raw cane sugar,11) raw sugar,12) sucrose syrup13) corn sweetener,14)fructose.
You would be surprised at how many foods have at least one of these names in their ingredients list.I have not found a cold cereal that does not have at least one of these.Almost everything "diet" or low calorie has some form of sugar in it.Sugar is what causes most cravings for other high carb foods like breads and pastas.I have cut out sugar completely from my foods and have not had one craving in two months and one week.I use alternative sweeteners like honey,pure maple syrup,stevia,and unsulpherated molasses,and only in moderation.The only sugars I take in are the sugars that are found in fruits and other foods naturally.One of the methods that I use to tell if they are natural sugars is that first I check the sugar content in grams by looking at the nutrition label.If that is high(over 4 grams),I look at the ingredients list.If I see one of the names above on it,back on the shelf it goes.If there is not one of the names in the ingredients list,I know that the total sugars on the nutrition label are natural sugars.This has really worked for me.I was a big sugar addict,and I mean ADDICT.I worked in a bakery and was a cake decorator.Sugar was always around and I was eating it.I was also eating everything else.I no longer have that problem.I eat what I portion out for myself(sometimes less) and am totally satisfied.
I thought this might help some of you to become more educated about this subject and it may just help you to KICK the cravings in the butt ! !
Live well,you all desrve it,