Track Your Sugar Consumption

Track Your Sugar Consumption

Unfortunately, in America, sugar is the most common food additive, the second being salt. Moreover, even if you are not a fan of cookies, cakes, candies, and soft drinks, it would likely be a surprise if you realized how much refined sugar you are actually consuming on a daily basis.

A good way to keep better track of the amount of refined sugar you consume is by understanding the different forms of sugars, and the names for each of those forms. This way you can more easily identify sugar on a product label, and better gauge how much sugar you are consuming.

The following is a list of the forms of sugars and their definitions:

Sucrose:

The most common form of sugar, sucrose is commonly known as white refined sugar, or table sugar. However, sucrose is also found in molasses, maple syrup, and brown sugar.

Fructose:

Fruits and honey are naturally rich in fructose. However, fructose can also be refined from sugar, cane, corn, and sugar beets, often to produce corn syrup, a common additive in a large array of food products. Here is an interesting fact about fructose: fructose is an estimated seventy-percent sweeter than sucrose, but has significantly fewer calories. For this reason, it is a common food additive.

Glucose:

Glucose, also known as dextrose, is found naturally in fruit, corn, carob, and honey. In some instances, glucose, or dextrose, can also be found in a refined form. Finally, glucose is the form of sugar to which all sugars are broken down by our digestive system before it can be used or stored for energy.

Maltose:

Maltose is created when enzymes combine with specific types of grains. The most widely used forms of maltose are brown rice syrup and barley malt. Maltose sugar is not nearly as sweet as the former two types and is rarely added to food.

Lactose and Galactose:

Lactose is the form of sugar naturally occurring in milk. Galactose is another form of milk sugar. These two types of sugar are only found as an element of milk products. By being aware of the names for each form of sugar, you can more easily identify the sugars listed on product labels, and keep had better track how much sugar you are consuming.

Categories: Oral Nutrition

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