Sugar: It's Effects and Many Way's

Sugar like God has many different names. Unlike God, sugar has a down side if used too much.
Added sugar is everywhere. It's in our coffees, breads, pastas, cereals, yogurts, and even so called sugar free foods. Food manufactures go through great lengths to hide the sweet truth from us. They know that we're a much more health conscious society than we were before. With companies like Mc Donald's taking market hits because consumers are more health conscious. "McDonald’s has reported an 11 percent decrease in revenue and a 30 percent drop in profit for the first three months of 2015. This is a continuation of their struggle as the competition in the US and Europe is getting tougher and food safety issues in Asia had to be addressed."- reports ( this was in 2015) Even soda companies are experiencing a decline in sales. Full calorie sodas are on the decline, while low calorie sodas and bottled water are on the rise. 
Big manufactures know this. Instead of making a real healthier alternative, they opt to play word games and hide their products behind words that the average consumer is not savvy enough to understand yet.  
I'm not blaming manufactures solely. We have a major part to do with this. We have to demand better. This means that we are going to have to learn more, and stop entrusting 100% of our health and wellness in the hands of doctors and food and supplement manufactures.
Too be clear, sugar in and of itself is not bad. Heck sugar is found in nature. What makes sugar dangerous is processing. Sugar is a plant based substance that comes from plants like sugar cane and sugar beet. Once refined it turns into a white crystilline substance, similar to that of flour which has similar processing. Interesting enough, both flour and sugar have very similar effects on blood sugar and brain function.
Did you know that the average American consumes 82 grams of sugar per day. That roughly adds up to 19.5 teaspoons of sugar per day, which is on average 66 pounds of sugar per year. The average 12oz can of soda is a whopping 11 teaspoons (46.2grams). The American Heart Association recommends that we take in no more than 6 teaspoons of sugar per day, if you're a woman and 9 teaspoons if you're a man. Judging by these numbers you can tell that we're in trouble. If a can of soda has more than our recommended daily allowance in it, and not to mention other foods that have hidden sugars in them. There's no wonder why disease's like diabetes are on the rise.
It actually takes about 2 whole sugar cane stalks to equal about 26 grams of sugar. Half the weight of one stalk is actually juice. Roughly 20% of the juice itself is actually sugar. If we were to eat sugar directly from the stalk it would be more feeling and the digestion process would be more extensive, with there being added fiber and what not. It's not easy to see that these small packs of sugar are packing a lot of punch. Let's not forget artificial sweeteners like aspartame that's 300 times sweeter than regular sugar, or even sucralose (aka Splenda) that's 600 times sweeter. They have their not so hidden problems. For example, they disrupt gut microbiome. “Sucralose cannot be effectively broken down by the bacteria in the human digestive tract,” reports UNC. “As a result, the body absorbs little or no calories and 90 percent of the chemical compound leaves the body through human waste and enters sewage systems.” 
Besides processed sugar like high fructose corn syrup converting into fat much quicker, there are other concerns about processed sugar that concern me most.
Processed sugars act like drugs. They offer us a feeling of euphoria that's short lived. This leaves us wanting more. So we go out of our way to get more of this rush. We over stimulate ourselves, namely our dopamine and endorphin receptors. Neurotransmitters like dopamine are our happiness and reward hormones. Drugs like cocaine attach themselves to their receptor sites, and get them to release a ton of dopamine into our systems. Processed sugars act in the same way. This creates a problem for our bodies. The body finds it harder and harder to release dopamine and such hormones without having outside help. Plus, because the receptors are over stimulated, they need more of what was overstimulating them in the first place in order to give us our original high if you would.
This is a vicious cycle, with only one real solution. You guessed it, Self Discipline...
In some circles it's believed that processed sugar is 8 times more addictive than cocaine. I must say, I have to agree. I'm not going to argue my reasoning for why I believe that here, but I want to give you a little something to think on. Drugs like cocaine are frowned upon in our society. This discourages it's use, not to mention it's illegal and costly. Sugar on the other hand is socially acceptable, affordable, and with this list I'm about to give you, you will see it's added to plenty foods that we eat.
Note: One of my main reasons for giving out this list of alternative names for sugar, is that oftentimes we think that we're eating foods without added sugar. The fact is, is that our illustrious government allows food manufactures to use different names for sugar and not have to mention that it's actually really sugar on the food label. So when you see names like these listed, know that there's some added sugar in that particular product your consuming. Moral of the story, eating real food still works better.
Here are some of the 60-plus different names for sugar that may appear on your food labels.
1. Anhydrous dextrose
2. Agave
3. Agave nectar
4. Beet sugar
5. Brown sugar (light and dark brown)
6. Cane juice
7. Cane juice solids
8. Cane sugar
9. Cane syrup
10. Carob syrup
11. Caster sugar
12. Coconut sugar
13. Confectioners’ sugar
14. Corn syrup
15. Corn syrup solids
16. Crystalline fructose
17. Date sugar
18. Demerara sugar
19. Dextran
20. Dextrose
21. Dehydrated cane juice
22. Evaporated cane juice
23. Evaporated cane syrup
24. Evaporated sugar cane
25. Fructose
26. Fructose crystals
27. Fruit juice crystals
28. Fruit juice concentrate
29. Glazing sugar
30. Glucose
31. Glucose syrup
32. Golden sugar
33. Golden syrup
34. Granulated sugar
35. High-fructose corn syrup (HFCS)
36. Honey
37. Icing sugar
38. Invert sugar
39. Invert syrup
40. King’s syrup
41. Lactose
42. Maple syrup
43. Maple sugar
44. Maltose
45. Malt sugar
46. Malt syrup
47. Molasses
48. Muscovado
49. Nectar
50. Pancake syrup
51. Panocha
52. Powdered sugar
53. Raw sugar
54. Refiners’ syrup
55. Sorghum
56. Sorghum syrup
57. Sucanat
58. Sucrose
59. Sugar
60. Superfine sugar
61. Table sugar
62. Treacle
63. Turbinado sugar
64. White sugar
65. Yellow sugar


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