A “sugar” is a processed and refined powder or liquid sweetener that contains roughly 50% fructose, fruit sugar, and 50% glucose, your body’s source of fuel. In addition to sucrose (table sugar), sugar is a sweet chameleon with now over 60 different names including maple syrup, honey, agave syrup or nectar, evaporated cane juice, date sugar, coconut palm sugar, fruit juice concentrate, molasses, rice syrup, high-fructose corn syrup, beet sugar, any ingredient ending in “ose” like maltose or dextrose, and many other sneaky terms.
Do you have difficulty putting down the packaging once you nibble that first tortilla chip, cookie, or other favorite snack? Well, you’re not alone. Processed foods are engineered to increase appetite and make you eat more. Most of us are influenced by addictive tendencies when it comes to sweet, salty, or fatty foods.