Sugar lurks everywhere. It comes in all forms. It’s called many names like agave nectar, high-fructose corn syrup, evaporated cane juice, fruit juice concentrate, glucose, dextrose, sucrose, honey, malt syrup or molasses — just to name a few. The nutrition label list sugar under the carbohydrates. Sometimes it’s difficult to determine natural sugar such as in fruit and added sugar.
The best way to see added sugar is to look for a sugar name in the ingredient list and see where it is in the order of ingredients. If it’s second or third, there is a lot of sugar.
Most of us believe that sugar is not so good for us. One of the reasons why sugary foods are bad and can undermine your health is that they have higher calories and that makes it easy to over-consume them, and the excess calories can cause you to gain weight.
Sugar suppresses the immune system, promotes inflammation, and suppresses the release of human growth hormone among other things. So besides making us fat, it makes us unhealthy.
Some people have tried to eliminate all sugar from their diets. I really don’t know how successful they are, but it sure doesn’t sound like fun. It isn’t necessary to eliminate all sugar, but it is good to know how much you are eating.
If you do a search, you will find a wide variety of numbers. One website said no more than 10 % of your daily calories. Jorge Cruise in his Belly Fat Cure diet says 15 grams per day and that you should spread that out over three meals. Another website said he recommended none.
It’s hard to get to none and eat some healthy fruits and vegetables. The best thing is to try to minimize it as much as possible. That means keeping track of it. Natural sugar isn’t so bad. The added sugar hurts. Select foods with no added sugar. Cutting back on sugar not only helps your health, it assists in getting those pounds off.