Monday, December 19, 2011

Select Foods and Drinks Low to Moderate in Sugar to Lose Weight

Sugar is Pretty Much Everywhere

Sugars, found naturally in many foods, are simple carbohydrates. Sugar is naturally found in milk, fruits, some veggies, pre-packaged meals, cereals, and more. Sometimes sugars can be used as preservatives and other times as thickening agents. Sugar is sometimes used during preparation, processing, or when you're ready to eat. In other words, sugar is pretty much in everything! And sugar, if not used or digested becomes calories that are converted into fat. But we'll get more into that later in the article.

Unused Sugar in the human body = Unwanted Fat

But when you digest food (sugar in particular), the body breaks down the carbs into sugar. Now whether or not the sugar is naturally part of the food, or is artificially added, the body can't tell the difference. From the body's perspective, it's sugar nonetheless. The only difference is that typically, artificially added sugar has a lot more calories than foods with naturally occurring sugar in it. These added calories, if not used up by the body, can turn into unwanted fat.

Sugar and Health Issues

Although it is widely assumed that sugary foods directly cause diabetes or hyperactivity (the relationship is more indirect), this really isn't the case. Sugary foods have, however, been linked to dental issues and supplying more calories to the body then can be used. So if you really want to lose weight, I'd recommend against eating too many sugary foods.

Read the Ingredients.

Now when you're at the store, sugar presents itself in many different ways. It is up to you to determine just what this looks like by looking at the ingredients. And just because sugar or one of its synonyms aren't present, doesn't mean it's not there. The sugar may be a natural part of the food you're looking at, and won't be listed as sugar.

Know the VARIOUS names of Sugar

In either case look for one of the following "alternative" name sugars are typically listed as, "brown sugar, corn sweetener, corn syrup, dextrose, fructose, fruit juice concentrate, glucose, high fructose corn syrup, honey, invert sugar, lactose, maltose, malt syrup, molasses, raw sugar, sucrose, or syrup." Any one of these means that a sweetening agent has been added. And remember, if you don't consume these empty calories, they get turned into fat. So better yet, try not to even let this added stuff get into your system.

Watch Out for "Low Fat" or "Fat Free" Items

Another thing to pay attention to is that foods typically labeled "low fat" or "fat-free" tend to make up in taste with the lack of fat by adding extra sugar. This keeps their calorie counts high, which keeps you wondering why the weight won't come off. So keep your food and drinks in the low to moderate range of sugar, and you should be fine.

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