Know Your Sugars
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Hopefully in all our posts about nutrition, we trainers have gotten across the importance of reading your labels on foods you buy. Nothing is worse than thinking you’re doing yourself good and yet having some undesirable ingredient inserted into your food.

One of the most common additives is sugar of some sort. Whether the dreaded HFCS or plain ol’ sucrose, you want to avoid these in your foods. Most specifically if you’re on the challenge, since you wouldn’t want to get DQ’d for something as lame as Heinz ketchup, right? (Most ketchups have sugar, Heinz uses HFCS.)

A good rule of thumb is that if the ingredient ends in -ose, it’s a sugar of some sort. Our friends at Whole9 ran an article last year that I linked to that covers this exact topic:

Today’s post is dedicated to calling out all of the sneaky ways SUGAR may try to hide in the foods you eat, and shining a light on the misleading claims that are made in support of one form of sugar or another. They (the high fructose corn syrup people, the agave people, the Stevia people) claim because a sugar is “natural” or “low on the glycemic index” or “non-nutritive” that it’s somehow healthy for us. On top of that, they sneak it in under the guise of a label that sounds vaguely plant-like and harmless, or in plain sight under its scientific name, easy to overlook because you just plain don’t know what it is. The truth? Sugar is sugar is sugar, regardless of the form it may take or the claims it might make. And on no planet does added sugar ever make you healthier.

Below is a list of the most commonly employed sneaky ways “they” find to sweeten the foods we eat. Don’t be fooled. Educate yourself, read your labels and avoid regular consumption of products with added sugar, in any form.

There’s a long list of the different sugars, both natural and artificial, over at the original post at Whole9. I don’t want to completely plagiarize their post, so go there — now — and educate yourself!

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10 Responses to “Know Your Sugars”

April 21, 2011 at 7:59 AM

I can attest a diet of sugar FREE redbull and sugar FREE 5 hour energy is sufficient to survive.

April 21, 2011 at 8:57 AM

I also believe it’s been proven you can survive on your own urine, but…

Poor Nick! Hope it eases up soon!

April 21, 2011 at 9:42 AM

OMG, that sled! I thought I was going to die yesterday…

April 21, 2011 at 10:00 AM

I don’t know if lumping Stevia in with the bad sugars is warranted. I read this article over at Mark’s Daily Apple:

It makes me think Stevia is not bad. Highlights of article: “evidence is mounting that stevia actually is an insulin sensitizer that can aid in glucose tolerance and clearance after a meal.” and “We can think about stevia as a Primal sugar alternative with some potentially therapeutic effects.”

I understand not having it during the Whole 30, but after the challenge I plan to eat it regularly.

April 21, 2011 at 12:55 PM

Congrats to Date Night and Daniel for getting their first muscle ups today!!

April 21, 2011 at 1:02 PM

@Nick — dude, we need to ship you supplies like a quake survivor. Surviving != thriving

@JT — did it haunt your dreams? :)

@Melina — I disagree with your interpretation of the article on MDA, but I think it’s important enough to create its own post. Watch for it on Monday.

April 21, 2011 at 2:20 PM

Yes, we’ll have to put together a paleo care package for Nick!

April 21, 2011 at 3:44 PM

I keep trying to bring him chicken breasts and pot roasts, but I guess that doesn’t fix the functioning on 4 hours of sleep a night issue.

Michael H
April 21, 2011 at 4:40 PM

Michael H
April 21, 2011 at 4:42 PM

@Marcus: We will need to get Nick into rehab stat when he returns to the box!

@JT: I’m sure you slept well last night.