The Sugar Trap
In an age when obesity is fast becoming a pandemic and diabetes is increasing daily, we are hearing the message loud and clear that we need to reduce the sugar content in our diets. But exactly what this means can be a little confusing to say the least. There is a tendency to think that this refers to the white stuff we put in our cup of tea or sprinkle on our breakfast cereal, but that is far from the truth. Sugar is hiding in many of our foods and catches us out time and time again.
We need to educate ourselves to check the labels of the foods we purchase and to be more discerning. Make no mistake, sugar in any form can cause insulin resistance and metabolic syndrome, both of which are responsible for the majority of our countries' ills. It is vital to good health that we do everything we can to balance our blood sugar levels and avoid the insulin spikes that can cause so much damage.
Many people have a tendency to think that sugar is only dangerous if we are overweight or have a family history of diabetes. Although both of those statements are true in themselves, there are many reasons why sugar is bad for us. High Glucose Corn Syrup (HGCS) now found in many of our foods is not only sweeter than sugar, it has more calories and has addictive properties, which means we have a tendency to want to eat more of that particular food. Of course HGCS is cheaper to produce than sugar and so many manufacturers are jumping on the bandwagon as there profits will inevitably be much higher. Little thought seems to be given to the health of the people, sadly financial gain more often than not wins the day.
In my book Really Healthy Gluten Free Living I point out that even so called healthy gluten free foods contain a variety of sugars and sugar substitutes that mean that the product is far from being a healthy alternative. In fact many gluten free foods include gluten free alternative grains and flours that are high on the Glycemic Index ( meaning they cause insulin spikes) and so can cause other health problems for the gluten intolerant person.
Although there are foods that we can easily avoid by checking the ingredients, it is less easy to know which natural foods we should avoid or keep to a minimum. The chart below (courtesy of Dr Mercola) also shows the sugar content of some natural foods, to give you an idea of what nature has in store!!
Find out how much sugar there is per 100 grams of certain dried fruits, spices, condiments, and other common food products through our infographic "A Sweet Trap: Shocking Amounts of Sugar in Common Foods." Use the embed code to share it on your website.
<img src="http://media.mercola.com/assets/images/infographic/sugar-foods.jpg" alt="sugar in foods infographic" border="0" style="max-width:100%; min-width:300px; margin: 0 auto 20px auto; display:block;"><p style="max-width:800px; min-width:300px; margin:0 auto; text-align:center;">Find out how much sugar there is per 100 grams of certain dried fruits, spices, condiments, and other common food products through our infographic "<a href="http://www.mercola.com/infographics/sugar-foods.htm">A Sweet Trap: Shocking Amounts of Sugar in Common Foods</a>."</p>