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Are you a Sugar Detective?

Are you a Sugar Detective?
Learn how to read and understand “Sugars” on a nutrition label

You see 32 grams of sugar listed on a nutrition label and wonder what does it mean? Is this a lot, a little?  Is this a healthy option? What are all these ingredients? And… I don’t even see sugar listed.

What’s amazing and tricky about nutrition labels is there are over fifty different names for sugars, many of which don’t sound anything like sugar. Take a look at this list of some of the most popular sugars used in processed foods.

Barley Sugar
Agave Nectar (by the way, not a healthy option, despite some suggestions)
Beet Sugar
Black Strap Molasses
Brown Rice Syrup
Brown Sugar
Cane Juice
Carob Syrup
Coconut Sugar
Corn Sweetener
Corn Syrup
Corn Syrup Solids
Evaporated Cane Juice
High Fructose Corn Syrup
Organic Raw Sugar
Rice Bran Syrup
Tapioca Syrup
Turbinado Sugar

Yep! ALL of these are sugars. No wonder it’s so confusing!

Once you decipher WHAT the sugar is on a label, consider what does the gram measurement mean? How much is that??

Here’s the kicker and always super visual for me; one teaspoon of sugar is equal to four grams of sugar.

1 teaspoon sugar = 4 grams sugar

So doing the math, if a product has 32 grams of sugar, it has 8 teaspoons of added sugar, or if it has 8 grams of sugar it has 2 teaspoons of sugar.

I looked up a Go-Gurt nutrition label today, and they average about 10 grams of sugar per container, which is equal to 2.5 teaspoons of sugar (not to mention a bunch of other crappy ingredients, but I digress). Say for instance a kiddo grabs a couple of those a day.  They have now consumed 5 teaspoons of sugar just from yogurt!

Those beautiful San Pellegrino sodas that come in lemon, orange, pomegranate, etc. contain 32 grams of sugar (a coke has 44 grams, not that much different). So yep, you got it, 32 grams of sugar = 8 teaspoons of sugar (in one drink!).

Overall, this is A LOT of sugar.  In my opinion way too much for us to be consuming daily. According to Forbs & startling sugar infographic (check it out), American adults consume on average 22 teaspoons of sugar a day and kiddos consume an average of 32 teaspoons a day. That is staggering!

Why should we avoid it ?

Sugar consumption contributes to ADHD, focus issues, Obesity, Diabetes, Cancer and many other immune suppressing diseases, as well as the day to day colds and viruses. It is also inflammatory, causing aches and pains, exacerbating arthritis, and contributing to inflammatory diseases.  Sugar depresses the immune system, according to, an expert in child wellness, drinking 2 sodas a day can depress the immune system by as much as 50%. This lowers the bodies ability to fight off illness.

Have you ever noticed how illness often follows birthday parties, Halloween, or other holidays where significant amounts of sugar have been consumed? Yep… sugar is the likely culprit.

What’s the take away here?  I encourage you, no I CHALLENGE YOU to be your own sugar detective, as well as one for your family. Consider this your sugar awakening.  How can you upgrade your choices, and boost your health and immunity this fall?

Read labels, eat food from the earth, leave packaged food behind, and rebuild your immune system by kicking out sugar! Want more help kicking sugar for you or your family? Email me and schedule a “Sugar Buster Session“, and kick it out for good!



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