I went off all refined sugar for about a month in the summer. I did not go off of fruit or grains. I was light headed for about 2 weeks from the detox! Scary that sugar does that to you. I eat it now in moderation. I don't believe in doing something extreme over long periods. It's not sustainable and it's not really living in my opinion. But i don't eat it like I did before the sugar fast. Life is too short not to eat a chocolate chip cookie or bake gingerbread men at Christmas. But I am very careful about all the way sugar gets into my diet now.
I'm glad i had a doctor who knows about this stuff coaching me through it because the light headed feeling for that long was scary.
What I know about sugar my body tells me - if anything aches it makes sugar makes it worse. I notice a big change after about 72 hrs. of not eating any. That's my hurdle - to keep my sugar consumption very minimal. For me it is "eating clean". Working so far! I'm doing ok on a 13 week 13 lbs. challenge.
Edited by: KATHY024 at: 1/15/2013 (05:16)
Pounds lost: 35.0
Fitness Minutes: (1,305) Posts: 78 1/11/13 4:57 P
I was just reading a book about the food industry and he said that they are required to list actual sugar at the top of the ingredients if it is in the food in a high amount, but other forms of sugar can be put at the bottom no matter how much is in there. So food companies will use alternative forms in addition to sugar to make it look like there's less sugar than there really is because most people don't know all these other names for the derivatives.
Sugar is sugar, to a point, but many of these chemical laden sugars are far worse for you than regular sugar. Calorie wise, yes sugar is sugar, but in terms of changes to your DNA, cancer cauasing properties and endocrine disruptors, all these chemical sugars and franken-food sugars are far more damaging to your body.
The author of this list is Jeremy Goodwin, who is a Houston, Texas chef keeping a Facebook page under the name of "Single Man's Kitchen". Jeremy cooks simple food from local, natural, sustainable sources. Here's his mind-boggling list of the "undercover" names for SUGAR:
This is the list of the ingredient names for sugars that you find on packages in the USA and Canada. Some of the sugars are really artificial sweeteners, but have a high calorific value, high enough to be considered an artificial sugar. Anyone can suggest an addition or removal from the list and all comments and questions are welcomed. If I don't know the answer, it forces me to learn. Agave nectar Agave syrup Alginate All natural evaporated cane juice Amasake Amber liquid sugar Anhydrous dextrose Apple butter Apple sugar Apple syrup Arenga sugar D-arabino-hexulose Bakers special sugar Barbados Sugar Barley malt Barley malt syrup Bar sugar Berry Sugar Beet molasses Beet sugar Blackstrap molasses Blonde coconut sugar Brown rice syrup Brown sugar Buttered syrup Candy floss Cane crystals Cane juice Cane juice crystals Cane juice powder Cane sugar Caramel Carob syrup Caster sugar Castorsugar Cellobiose Coarse sugar Coconut palm sugar Coconut sugar Coconut syrup Coco sugar Coco sap sugar Concentrate juice Concord grape juice concentrate Confectioner’s sugar Corn sugar Corn syrup Corn syrup solids Corn sweetener Cornsweet 90 ® (really HFCS 90) Creamed honey Crystal dextrose Crystalline fructose Crystallized organic cane juice Dark brown sugar Dark molasses Date sugar Decorating sugar Dehydrated sugar cane juice Demerara Sugar Dextrin Dextran Dextrose D-fructose D-fructofuranose Diastatic malt Diatase Disaccharide Dixie crystals D-mannose Dried evaporated organic cane juice D-xylose ECJ Erythritol Evaporated organic cane juice Evaporated corn sweetener Ethyl maltol First molasses Florida Crystals Free Flowing Free flowing brown sugar Fructamyl Fructose Fructose crystals Fructose sweetener Fruit juice Fruit juice concentrate Fruit sugar Fruit syrup Galactose Glucodry Glucomalt Glucoplus Glucose Glucose solids Glucosweet Gluctose fructose Golden molasses Golden sugar Golden syrup Gomme syrup Granulated fructose Granulated sugar Granulated sugar cane juice Grape sugar Grape juice concentrate HFCS HFCS 42 HFCS 55 High dextrose glucose syrup High-fructose corn syrup High maltose corn syrup Hydrogenated starch Hydrogenated starch hydrosylate Hydrolyzed corn starch Honey Honey comb Honey powder HSH Icing sugar Invert sugar Inverted sugar syrup Invert syrup Icing sugar Isoglucose Isomalt Isomaltotriose Isosweet Jaggery Lactitol Lactose Levulose Lesys Light brown sugar Light molasses Liquid dextrose Liquid fructose Liquid fructose syrup Liquid honey Liquid maltodextrin Liquid sucrose Liquid sugar Maldex Maldexel Malt Malted barley syrup Malted corn syrup Malted corn and barley syrup Malted barley Maltitol Maltitol syrup Malitsorb Maltisweet Maltodextrin Maltose Maltotriitol Maltotriose Maltotriulose Malt syrup Mannitol Maple Sugar Maple syrup Meritose Meritab 700 Misri Mizuame Molasses Monosaccharide Muscovado sugar Mycose Mylose Nigerotriose Oligosaccharride Organic agave syrup Organic brown rice syrup Organic cane juice crystals Organic palm sugar Organic sugar Organic raw sugar Orgeat syrup Palm sugar Palm syrup Panela Pancake syrup Panocha Pearl sugar Piloncillo Potato maltodextrine Powdered sugar Promitor Pure cane syrup Pure sugar spun Raisin syrup Rapadura Raw agave syrup Raw sugar Raffinose Refiner’s syrup Rice maltodextrine Rice Syrup Rice syrup solids Raw honey Rock sugar Saccharose Sanding sugar Second molasses Simple syrup Sirodex Soluble corn fiber Sorbitol Sorbitol syrup Sorghum Sorghum molasses Sorghum syrup Sucanat Sucrose Sucrosweet Sugar Sugar beet syrup Sugar beet crystals Sugar cane juice Sugar cane natural Sugar hat Sulfured molasses Sweetened condensed milk Sweet sorghum syrup Syrup Syrup Table sugar Tagatose Treacle Trehalose Tremalose Trimoline Triose Trisaccharides Turbinado sugar Unrefined sugar Unsulphured molasses White crystal sugar White grape juice concentrate White refined sugar White sugar Wood sugar Xylitol Xylose Yellow sugar
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