Staying Fit” is the new trend! And certainly for that people are trying all sort of stuffs like improving their eating habits and enrolling themselves for weight reducing programmes. But when it comes to eating habits, the first thing a human being does is cutting back on added sugar. And for that you need a little more sleuthing. You see that sweet stuff is hiding under sly aliases like “evaporated can juice and brown rice syrup” in countless foods. So, you just need to be a bit smart when it comes to picking up the packaged products. All you need to do is check for these code words below in the label:
Date and Coconut Sugar
These are the common terms that often pop on the labels of natural foods. Date sugar is made up of dried and ground dates and coconut sugar on the other hand is made of sap extracted from the buds of coconut palm plant. The whole food here looks more nutritious but the amount of nutrition in a teaspoon of sugar is minimal at its best.
Syrups- Brown Rice or Any Other Kind
There are variety of syrups available in the market. Some are made from brown rice, maple, barley or sorghum. Process of all is different but regardless of how they are made, all syrups count as added sugar.
Evaporated Cane Juice
Cane juice is considered to be a healthy one but evaporated cane juice is similar with white sugar. It is made by taking juice from sugarcane plant and then drying it. After that sweet crystals fro sticky molasses are separated. Whereas, white sugar is just evaporated cane juice that is processed to remove its brown colour.
It is basically a thick syrup that is byproduct of sugar beets and processing sugarcane. Just because of its dark colour and bodied flavour, molasses often shows up in cereals and baked goods. You must have seen “blackstrap molasses” on some healthy-looking foods label. Even though this liquid has some nutrients but as per research this pack provide more antioxidants than any other sweetener.
Words ending in –ose
This latin suffix-ose is just biochemistry name to sugars. You must have seen names on labels like glucose, lactose, sucrose, dextrose, galactose, fructose and maltose. Two of these sugars are naturally found in some food products like fructose (in fruits) and lactose (in milk). But the point is when any of these -ose is written product’s ingredients than it is just another word for “added sugar”.