Sugar is the primary contributing factor for obesity and type 2 diabetes, both of which are at an all-time high in North America. It also plays a significant role in strokes, cancer, heart disease, hypertension, autoimmune disease, and Alzheimer’s to list a few.
Sure, it’s a no-brainer we should be cutting out sweets from our diet. The average adult consumes 22 teaspoons of sugar a day, and the average child consumes 32 teaspoons, well above the American Heart Association’s recommended 9.5 teaspoons.
However, it’s difficult to avoid sugar when it’s labeled under other aliases.
Sugar is hidden in the majority of packaged foods, and we often don’t realize it. When we think we’re buying something nutritious from labels reading “natural,” “heart healthy,” or “whole grain,” they will likely reveal some form of sugar, too.
To help expose some of these hidden sugars, this handy list shows all forms of sugar or substances that the body metabolizes just like sugar. In other words, these are the “code names” synonymous with sugar.