Sugar is American Health's Public Enemy #1: 5 Ways to Avoid Hidden Sugar
By now, we all know the negative effects sugar has on our physical and dental health. In addition to hindering our "get ripped by summer plans," sugar can cause diabetes, premature aging, tooth decay, and even cancer.
But of course, you already knew that, and, if you are like most Americans who strive for healthy living, you avoid anything containing high amounts of sugar.
The food industry (that makes a living off of sugar) is also aware of the negative ramifications their products have on the American people, as well as their food's unsavory reputation for causing health problems. Unfortunately, their self-awareness does not change the food industry giants from pushing their sugary and processed food and beverages (that make billions of dollars a year in revenue) on the American public.
Just Because it Doesn't Say Sugar, Doesn't Mean There Isn't Sugar
The food industry pushes their products similar to how a drug dealer pushes drugs onto addicts. In other words, they exploit America's addiction to sugar.
"...Consequently, the food and beverage industry's immoral marketing strategy has created a reputation that is starting to catch up with them. The more people learn about the dangers of sugar, the more business the food and beverage industry lose..."
But, rather than reduce the sugar content in their products in order to market to an increasingly health-conscious public, the food and beverage industry merely disguise their sugar as other ingredients, forcing consumers (the American people) to read between the lines of purposefully deceitful nutritional information.
5 Ways to Eliminate Most Added Sugar in Your Diet
1. Read food and drink labels thoroughly - Just because the package claims there is no sugar in its contents, does not make it so. Often times, sugar is disguised and listed as something else entirely. Ingredients like corn syrup, sucrose, agave nectar and cane juice are just some of the ingredients food manufacturers use instead of "sugar."
2. Only drink water labeled "spring water" - Spring water is the best solution for clearing toxins, including sugar, from the body. So, instead of drinking sugary sodas, juice and energy drinks, that add toxins, think of purchasing spring water that counteracts said toxins.
Dr. Gerry Curatola, "dentist to the celebrities," founder of Rejuvenation Dentistry and Revitin Oral Care Products, says that we should be drinking roughly an ounce of water for every pound we weigh, daily. In other words, if you weigh 200 pounds, that would mean you would have to drink 200 ounces of water.
3. Avoid Artifical Sweeteners - Simply because something is sweetened with a sugar substitute ( Splenda, Xylitol, Sweet 'N' Low etc.) does not necessarily mean that it is a healthier option over food and beverages containing the real thing. In fact, one of these substitutes known as Maltodextrin, which is used as a starch filler, actually raises blood sugar more than sugar. Rather than using a sugar-substitute, sweeten your cereal or coffee with honey or all-natural stevia.
4. Look for hidden sugar in condiments - Most condiments, like ketchup, barbecue sauces, and salad dressings are packed with sugar. Instead of adding sugary condiments to your food, make your own using fresh, non-processed produce.
5. Limit alcohol consumption - Alcohol is undoubtedly the most dangerous drug out there. While we are all aware of the obvious legal and physical consequences of drinking alcohol, we often forget about the amount sugar that it contains. Even though much of alcohol says it contains no sugar in its ingredients, the alcohol within the beverage metabolizes as sugar in the body.
When trying to avoid sugar, abstaining from alcohol is obviously the healthiest option. But, if you really need to get your buzz on, the second best option is to drink spirits (anything over 80-proof) straight up or on the rocks. While they may be higher in alcohol content, they actually contain little or no sugar as they are eliminated during the distilling process.