The Vitl Nutrition Team / 22 Mar 2018
In the last 30 years alone, refined sugar added to processed foods has increased by 30%. It is now pretty much universally agreed that sugar consumption is one of the major causes of the global obesity crisis.
Here we uncover all the common but surprising hiding spots for sugar in the diet and give you some top tips on how to wean yourself off the sweet stuff for good.
We realise we’re probably preaching to the choir but in case you want to find out more about why sugar is bad for you, check out our 3-part blog series on what sugar does to the body.
You may think that by avoiding sweets, fizzy drinks, and by not adding sugar to your tea that you’ve cut sugar out of your diet. Sadly, you may still be consuming too much.
Sugar is added to everything, and not just the sweet stuff like cake, chocolates and pastries. Some of the worst offenders include:
Basically, if it comes pre-made, pre-prepared, or is processed in any way, then you shouldn’t be surprised to sugar in the ingredients list. However, the problem is...
Yep, it’s no surprise that those big corporate food giants know what they’re doing. Sugar comes under many names, including…
Sucrose, maltose, dextrose, fructose, glucose, galactose, lactose, high-fructose corn syrup, cane juice, dextrin, maltodextrin, barley malt, beet sugar, caramel, date sugar, diastase, fruit juice, turbinado, ethyl maltol, yellow sugar and…
Including date, carob, corn, golden, sorghum, maple etc. The list goes on but they probably haven’t even been added to the dictionary yet.
Instead of simply trying to swap sugary snacks or foods for sugar-free options, the best way you can really fight back against the sugar monster is to reset your body’s sugar tolerance. This will help prevent sugar cravings and help you notice more easily when sugar has been added to a food.
This will keep you fuller for longer and will allow any carbohydrates and sugars to be released into the bloodstream more slowly.
Magnesium, B vitamins and chromium are crucial when it comes to balancing the body’s blood sugar so taking supplements regularly can help keep these levels in check.
The less processed, pre-made, jarred, canned or packaged food you consume, the better. No one is expecting you to be able to swap your chocolate digestives for carrot batons overnight, but some dark chocolate or a pot of fruit is a great first step.
The more sugar you’re able to cut out from the outset, the quicker your body with adjust!