Sugar Is In Everything!

Sugar is everywhere

Sugar Is In Everything!

If you’re anything of a label nazi you’ll know that sugar hides in the most unexpected foodstuffs, it seems sugar is in everything.

Often it’s in the form of high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS), particularly in drinks of all kinds.

Here in Australia we’re lucky to not have HFCS in our soft drinks.

I say ‘lucky’ because HFCS tends to load on body fat faster than ‘ordinary’ sugar does due to the way our bodies treat fructose. (Yes Virginia, when it comes to the way our bodies process different foods, all calories are not equal).

HFCS can contain up to 65% fructose. ‘Normal’ sugar is 50% fructose and 50% glucose.

So we Aussies have perhaps tended to consider our soft drinks ‘not as bad’ as those made in the US, where HFCS is a major component in thousands of processed foodstuffs, largely because it’s a lot cheaper than sugar – really, why wouldn’t your average food manufacturer use the stuff, it saves them loads of money.

But, as Sweet Poison author David Gillespie shows in this eye-opening infographic, we Aussies have nothing to be complacent about!

And in case you’re thinking “It’s okay, I only drink sugar-free”, it’s so not okay – that stuff will fry your brain.

Calories and weight aside, sugar has a whole range of negative impacts on your health and emotional wellbeing and ultimately influences negative body image as well.

I know, no good news about sugar anywhere 🙂 So if you can limit the amount of sugar you eat in any one day, you win all round.

That’s not to say that sweet flavours are bad for you – sweet flavours are everywhere in nature (and gee you really notice them more when you’re not eating refined sugars!)

Getting off refined sugar doesn’t have to be painful either – you can get off sugar painlessly. Start with EFT, and get my free Tame Your Sugar Craving audio, it’s crazy-good at helping you quit sugar easily.

 

Image by https://www.facebook.com/pages/Sweet-Poison/

Image by https://www.facebook.com/pages/Sweet-Poison/

 

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4 Comments

  1. Janice on January 20, 2013 at 10:07 am

    Great information 🙂
    Fortunately I never drink soda and rarely eat processed foods. My one sin is a cup of unsweetened Lady Grey tea. I will point my son in this direction though as now he is earning he chooses to drink way too much.
    Thanks for posting

    • Sandy on January 20, 2013 at 10:13 am

      Janice, I know a few people who don’t have a sweet tooth at all – they’re really blessed I think 🙂 For me I follow the 80-20 rule because I refuse to have a good-bad relationship with food. But I know sugar makes me feel pretty low physically and mentally so I treat it with respect. And yes mmmmmmmm Lady Grey 🙂

  2. Eleanor on January 20, 2013 at 10:17 am

    Sweet Poison is a good way to describe it!

    • Sandy on January 20, 2013 at 10:29 am

      Eleanor his book is well worth a read.

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