I can’t believe its not sugar!

Well it is technically..

Steer clear of anything that claims to be 99% sugar free. Its not really food. If its ‘sugar free’, ask yourself – why is it still sweet?

As a quick lesson into what sugar actually is we find it classified under the carbohydrate family as they are made up of carbon, hydrogen and oxygen. Carbohydrates as we already discussed can be complex – such as your starches and fibres, or can be simple – your sugars. There are 6 natural sugars – glucose, fructose, galactose, maltose, sucrose and lactose.. simple right? excuse the pun. Now glucose is the most abundant in our body and provides nearly all the energy to power our brain..

In Australia to classify something as ‘sugar free’ they only measure the glucose content. There are plenty of other sugars as we’ve seen, and glucose is  up with the best of them. Glucose makes up every cell in our body so rather than eating the alternatives, we are better off eating the real thing right?! (in moderation of course :) )

One of the main alternatives is fructose, which does occur naturally is small amounts in fruit – but rather – high fructose corn syrup. This was discovered in the 70’s and manufactured because fructose is 1000 times sweeter than glucose. So if you need 1000 times less and can make it into a synthetic liquid for the manufacturing industry, how great? Not. If you look at when the obesity epidemic started it was a couple of years after this horrible liquid made it into our foods. It has been shown to have a direct link to Gout and can be difficult to digest sometimes leading to Fructose Malabsorption problems.

The other cool/scary point about fructose is that it is the only substance that never tells our body we are full. Eaten in fruit, this isn’t a bad thing, the amount is minimal, however eaten in processed or diet food – you will actually put on more weight as your brain will never get that trigger saying stop eating. No matter how much you eat you will always be ‘hungry’.

We’ll get into the artificial sugar debate another day – it’s too nice a day to voluntarily put myself in a bad mood :)

So, have a look in your pantry at what items contain this fructose corn syrup – and let me know if any surprise you..

M xx

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4 thoughts on “I can’t believe its not sugar!

  1. David Manz says:

    Well said Miranda. I love the passion. The West is blessed with the choices of abundant food but unfortunately many make the wrong ones. To quote Chris Rock on too much food. “do you think anybody in Rwanda has a lactose intolerance?”

  2. Lollerskater says:

    A couple of years ago I began a low gluten, low lactose, and low fructose diet. Some days I do better at it than others :P

    The fructose in particular seems to really get me. The dietician I was working with at the time told me which fruit and veggies to steer away from but we never discussed fructose corn syrup. I wonder if this is possibly another (bigger?) issue I need to look at in my diet, as opposed to just avoiding the fruits and veggies that are high in fructose.

    • Peppermint tea thyme says:

      That would be my recommendation – you will find it easier to eat fruits and veg than the Corn Syrup – I had a similar issue and cut them out and it made such a difference.. Try and keep as many fruit/veg in your diet as possible as they really are the key to good health :)

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