A little sugar never hurt anyone. The problem is that it’s in EVERYTHING! Don’t believe me – read your labels. If it’s not listed as “sugar,” it’s listed as:
- Beet sugar
- Blackstrap molasses
- Brown sugar
- Buttered syrup
- Cane juice crystals
- Cane sugar
- Carob syrup
- Castor sugar
- Coconut sugar
- Confectioner’s sugar (powdered sugar)
- Date sugar
- Demerara sugar
- Evaporated cane juice
- Florida crystals
- Fruit juice
- Fruit juice concentrate
- Golden sugar
- Golden syrup
- Grape sugar
- Icing sugar
- Invert sugar
- Maple syrup
- Muscovado sugar
- Panela sugar
- Raw sugar
- Refiner’s syrup
- Sorghum syrup
- Treacle sugar
- Turbinado sugar
- Yellow sugar
Or other lovely pseudonyms.
If it were so harmless, why would it need aliases?
Some of the products you find sugar hiding in, besides the obvious, are canned goods, like corn and beans, whole grains, like bread and oatmeal, and especially “low fat” goods.
Too much sugar is bad for us. It’s been linked to memory and learning problems (in animals); some studies seem to relate Alzheimers to high sugar intake.
The truth is, no matter how much we like it, we can make healthier choices in the foods we eat.
Secret Squirrel Food is one of my favorite sites for desserts. Not all of them are completely sugar free; some recipes use dates or other substitutes, but they are whole food choices which are healthier, in my opinion, than plain white sugar.
Well and Good Eats is guilty of some serious foodporn on Instagram. Check it out.
And PeanutButterPlusChocolate are the winners for limiting the sugar to my sweet tooth.
Never say never. Just say not so much!
Did you know a woman sued Nutella and WON?
She claimed Nutella falsely advertised the product as a healthy choice. She fed it to her child, believing in its healthy benefits.
I’m not fan of nutella or their advertising. I’ve seen the commercial in which a woman is spreading nutella on toast as an announcer says something to the effect, “get your children to eat breakfast again.”
Chocolate for breakfast?! I’m in. Uhm. Or not.
My thought was always of the sugar and oil in the product and I’d never consider it something to feed my children for breakfast let alone a healthy alternative to anything.
Nutella claims it’s made with nuts. And it is. They certainly have alluded to the fact that the product is healthy, but numerous companies are guilty of this type of advertising, and some are worse with their “lower sugar,” “fewer carbs,” “higher protein” claims.
I’ve always considered food shopping like car shopping: Buyer Beware.
The company paid out 3 MILLION DOLLARS in the class action lawsuit.
It’s good that companies are held accountable, and more should be. But until that time, it really is buyer beware. READ LABELS!
We don’t need to deny ourselves something chocolate and nutty, we just need to make better choices. Here’s a few healthier versions of Nutella.
Better than Nutella
Let me know what you think!