29 Nov 3 Ways Food Companies Hide Their Added Sugars
By Kallie Kittas | KK Nutrition
An overconsumption of sugar can certainly present it’s negative health effects on individuals. In the last decade, there has been an increase risk of obesity, type 2 diabetes and heart disease. Over consuming sugar has been one of the major links towards these health conditions. Sugar is something not to be avoided but to be mindful and limit the consumption. There are a lot of hidden sugars in products that the inidivdual may not be aware of. Companies can be a bit sneaky in how they hide their added sugar content in foods.
How do companies hide added sugar content in foods:
- Sugar has many names: The majority of the population know sugar, glucose, fructose and sucrose. However, there are other names to identify sugar that people may not be aware of. These includes barley malt, beet sugar, cane juice crystals, corn sweetener, crystalline fructose, dextran malt powder, fruit juice concentrate, maltodextrin, maltose, molasses, rapadura sugar and many more. There are syrup sugars too such as carob, agave nectar, golden syrup, high fructose corn syrup, honey and malt syrup
- Ingredients list has a variety of sugars: When purchasing a product, the first handful of ingredients are the main ingredients of the product. Some products can look like they’re lower in sugar due to companies taking advantage of the structure of the ingredients list. For example, food companies use about 4-5 various types of sugar in one product. They’re added later in the list of ingredients to create the feeling of it being low in sugar. Despite it having various forms of sugar. They’re added in smaller amounts hence why it looks like it is lower in sugar when in reality it’s not. A good example of this are your protein bars, protein balls and protein shakes
- Adding ‘healthy’ sugars as a trick for marketing purposes: There is no such thing as a ‘healthier’ version of sugar. Rice malt is still sugar. Honey is still sugar. Agave syrup is still sugar. Coconut sugar is still sugar. Maple syrup is still sugar. Rice malt and can sugar are still sugars. Those sugars might have some vitamins or rice malt doesn’t have fructose, or has a lower GI. It still doesn’t make them a ‘healthier’ option of sugar. Sugar is still sugar. Biochemically they’re still the same
It’s important to understand that sugar in balance is not as harmful, however, through a long-term of over consumption of sugar can implement negative health effects. Hidden sugars or sugar free are 2 examples of this where food companies can trick a person. They take advantage of this by calling sugar by other names and taking advantage of the ingredient list. More so, a smart marketing plan that can put a spin with ‘healthy’ sugars.
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