The Top SNEAKY SUGARS and TOXIC Artificial Sweeteners that are creeping into YOUR DIET... and what to do about them!

The Top SNEAKY SUGARS and TOXIC Artificial Sweeteners that are creeping into your diet

These days it seems sugar is in everything we eat! Do you know where sugar is creeping into YOUR diet? If your New Years' Resolution is to lose weight, well, this might be a good thing for you to know!

Sugar is the generalized name for sweet, short-chain, soluble carbohydrates, many of which are used in food. The average person consumes about 24 kilograms of sugar each year (33.1 kg in industrialised countries), equivalent to over 260 food calories per person, per day. Sugars are carbohydrates, composed of carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen. There are various types of sugar derived from different sources, so it can be confusing what is good for us and what is not. Added sugars are sugars that are added to foods or beverages when they are processed or prepared. This does not include naturally occurring sugars such as those in milk and fruits. Both naturally occurring and added sugars are listed here.

Be aware of where sugar can sneak into your diet by label reading and avoiding products with one or more of these sneaky sugars, especially if one of these sugars is in the first 3 ingredients.  Endings in –ose are a giveaway. 

·      Agave

·      Barley malt

·      Brown sugar

·      Confectioners powdered sugar

·      Corn syrup

·      Cane juice

·      Dextrin

·      Dextrose

·      Evaporated corn sweetner

·      Fructose (fruit/plant sugar)

·      Fruit juice (concentrate)

·      Fruit nectar

·      Glucose (simple sugar)

·      High-fructose corn syrup

·      Invert sugar

·      Lactose (milk sugar)

·      Maltodextrin

·      Malt syrup

·      Maltose

·      Maple syrup

·      Molasses

·      Nectars

·      Raw sugar

·      Rice syrup

·      Saccharose

·      Sorghum (syrup)

·      Sucrose

·      Sugar

·      Syrup (of any kind)

·      Treacle

·      Turbinado

·      White granulated sugar

·      Xylose

 We want also to eliminate any artificial sweeteners from our diets. They are dangerous neurotoxins and toxins in general. Most have all been linked to sterility, cancer, autoimmune diseases,  serious neurological conditions, and more. They are toxic chemicals that our bodies cannot recognize. (Splenda was discovered accidentally while making rat poison- look it up- scary. You can also find linkages to drug companies that are making aritificial sweeteners. Accident? I think not.) Our bodies try to eliminate them, and sometimes they cannot… so they store them anywhere in the body that seems “safe”. Most times, the body does that by engulfing them in fat cells and adding to our fat (and unsightly cellulite) stores. Ew! Not to mention these “weight loss” sweeteners get our taste buds used to super sweet tastes so we crave sugar more and, in turn, GAIN more weight, NOT lose it.

These offenders are found in sodas, yogurts, juices, ice cream, chewing gum, and virtually anything labeled “diet”. If you are dying for something sweet, just take the real thing in moderation. Ingesting these chemicals are a recipe for disaster.

Here is a list of artificial sweeteners to avoid at all costs:

·      Acesulfame K (potassium)

·      Aspartame (Nutrasweet)

·      Neotame (produced by company that makes aspartame)

·      Saccharin (Sweet N Low)

·      Sucralose (Splenda)

·      Sugar alcohols (usually only cause gas/bloating)



So what do we do instead? In lieu of excessive sugar or artificial sweetners, go for plant-based Stevia (from a leaf- you can’t go wrong there) which comes in liquid form or powder and is ZERO calories. I recommend the liquid form NOW brand or Trader Joe’s since many of the powders have sneaky sugars in them! I have 2 bottles: one for travel and one for home.  You can also get Xylitol which is especially good for baking, or go for very moderate amounts of Raw, unpasteurized honey. I like the local kinds from the farmers’ market. Keep in mind that there is no such thing as “organic honey” as bee keepers cannot know from which plants the bees took their pollen. Honey is a fantastic source of vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and is an antibacterial, viral, and fungal agent. Little children cannot have honey though, so go for Agave as an alternative in very small amounts. Just keep in mind that all of these sweeteners are up to 3 times sweeter than sugar, so you need LESS. Here is a list to recap:

·      Stevia (liquid preferable)

·      Xylitol

·      Raw, unpasteurized honey

·      Agave (in small amounts)

So good luck with your New Years' Resolutions this year. The most popular one is weight loss, so if that is yours, check all labels, try some safe sweeteners instead, and happy hunting!