Sugar is the main cause of our obesity and diabetes epidemic today. Sugar is also refined and is highly addicting. The more sugar one eats, the more one craves. Sugar leads to inflammation which is the leading cause of obesity, diabetes, heart disease, cancer, autoimmune diseases, and Alzheimer’s and other dementias. It is in most processed food and is used as a bulking agent and flavor enhancer. Sugar substitutes are those used in low calorie meals; however, they are also as addicting as sugar and responsible for raising blood sugar levels. You may be unknowingly eating sugar and sugar substitutes as they may be disguised by one of its many dierent names as follows:

  • Agave nectar
  • Aspartame (Equal and NutraSweet)
  • Barley malt syrup
  • Brown sugar
  • Caramel
  • Coconut sugar
  • Corn syrup/high fructose corn syrup
  • Dehydrated or evaporated cane juice
  • Dextrin
  • Dextrose
  • Fructose
  • Galactose
  • Glucose
  • Grape sugar
  • High maltose corn syrup
  • Honey
  • Inositol
  • Lactose
  • Maltitol
  • Malt extract
  • Maltose
  • Maltodextrin
  • Mannitol
  • Maple syrup
  • Molasses
  • Palm sugar
  • Ribose
  • Saccharin (Sweet & Low)
  • Sorbitol
  • Sorghum syrup
  • Sucanat
  • Sucralose (Splenda)
  • Sucrose
  • Treacle
  • Xylitol

You may see some similarities among the list of sugars and sugar substitutes. If it ends in “ose,” it’s a sugar. If it ends in “ol,” it’s a sugar alcohol. Speaking of alcohol, limiting alcohol consumption can also reduce toxic load on the body. Alcohol is metabolized by the liver, and excessive alcohol puts stress on the liver’s natural ability to filter toxins and waste from the body.

To sum it up, stay away from refined grains, sugar and sugar substitutes, as well as saturated and trans fats. Take a doughnut for example. What does it consist of? A typical doughnut contains refined grains (enriched wheat flour), sugar, palm and vegetable oils, and salt. No matter how you mix it up, doughnuts are bad news.