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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)
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.
Sugar is sugar is sugar
No matter what type of sugar it is the body recognizes them all the same.
Edited by: GLINDAGOODWITCH at: 9/2/2012 (14:12)
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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.
All natural evaporated cane juice
Amber liquid sugar
Bakers special sugar
Barley malt syrup
Blonde coconut sugar
Brown rice syrup
Cane juice crystals
Cane juice powder
Coconut palm sugar
Coco sap sugar
Concord grape juice concentrate
Corn syrup solids
Cornsweet 90 ® (really HFCS 90)
Crystallized organic cane juice
Dark brown sugar
Dehydrated sugar cane juice
Dried evaporated organic cane juice
Evaporated organic cane juice
Evaporated corn sweetener
Free flowing brown sugar
Fruit juice concentrate
Granulated sugar cane juice
Grape juice concentrate
High dextrose glucose syrup
High-fructose corn syrup
High maltose corn syrup
Hydrogenated starch hydrosylate
Hydrolyzed corn starch
Inverted sugar syrup
Light brown sugar
Liquid fructose syrup
Malted barley syrup
Malted corn syrup
Malted corn and barley syrup
Organic agave syrup
Organic brown rice syrup
Organic cane juice crystals
Organic palm sugar
Organic raw sugar
Pure cane syrup
Pure sugar spun
Raw agave syrup
Rice syrup solids
Soluble corn fiber
Sugar beet syrup
Sugar beet crystals
Sugar cane juice
Sugar cane natural
Sweetened condensed milk
Sweet sorghum syrup
White crystal sugar
White grape juice concentrate
White refined sugar
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