Finding Hidden Sugar

Finding Hidden Sugar – Lauren

Sugar is hiding everywhere in the Western diet. The underlying factors to most chronic, lifestyle diseases are too much sugar and too little activity. However, educating yourself about the sugar in your diet is the first step to avoiding these deadly diseases. Companies do not make it easier though. Labels proclaiming “Low Fat” and “No Added Sugar” try to convince us of a product’s healthiness, yet rarely are they truthful. Plus, nutrition labels are misleading: sugar is tabulated in grams, ingredient lists are complex, and sugar has lots different names, yet all effect your body the same way–negatively. But all of this is avoidable by gaining some knowledge and putting forth some effort to be a more conscious consumer.

The American Heart Association has a great overview of how to discern sugars on food labels and convert from grams of sugar to teaspoons of sugar:
https://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Gettin…

Here is a great website that lists the different names of sugar and how common they are:
http://www.thegistoffit.com/the-59-se…

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42 thoughts on “Finding Hidden Sugar – Lauren”

  1. Before watching this video, I knew, from our class discussion, that you can’t always trust the labels found on products. Often, labels such as “natural” are placed on products, but, in reality, they’re not really natural. However, I never knew that companies will change the name of sugar and separate the sugar grams so that they’re listed under other ingredients. Good to know!

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    1. I also found this fascinating, Erin, to know that companies would rather trick the consumer than to lose their business is shocking. Consumers trust that their government will keep watch over the food industry and ensure that this purposeful deceit will not occur, but it seems that they food industry has been allowed to self-govern themselves and do whatever is necessary to make sure that their products are bought–even at the expense of the consumers’ health.

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  2. It was really interesting to know that there are so many other names for added sugar, something I would have never thought. This video made me a lot more aware of what the companies do to try and get you to buy the product. I knew labels could be deceiving but i never really knew how deep that went.

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  3. Dieting is one of my favorite topics to discuss when it comes to individual change. I am used to always checking the ingredients in whatever I may choose to buy. I did not know about that corporate list, prior to watching this video. The way businesses attempt to fool the public with differing terminology really outrages me. We all need to make a change in our diets and be careful with what we decide to put into our bodies. It is essential that, as a new generation, we continue to improve and prosper to save both ourselves and our environment.

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  4. Lauren was informative, well spoken, and helpful. Her video was useful because she talked about how to read nutrition fact labels. She made me realize that I should really be adding up and figuring out just how much sugar I put into my body. She also touched on how corporations will trick you into thinking that you are consuming “healthy sugar” while really they are just listing sugar as some fancy name. Lauren also spoke about how I can use honey as an alternative to sugar which I liked because it gives me a substitute for the change that she is encouraging.

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  5. What I really love about these videos is how easy to understand they are. Like many others, I know what things like corn syrup and fructose are added in and really not good for our bodies at all. Lauren makes it so easy to understand the difference between natural occurring sugars and added sugars. I think it’s great how she even gives advice in how to cut out added sugars; ex: having plain yogurt with raw honey. This video is not only informative, but also encouraging to anyone looking to make a lifestyle change.

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  6. I found this video to be so helpful and beneficial. I was never informed or educated that when companies take out the fat they add so much extra sugar. I didn’t even know that they could use or did use different words to hide sugar in their foods. I will definitely start researching different names that companies use instead of the word sugar and read the boxes of everything I buy.

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  7. From everything I’ve been learning in and out of ISAT 160, I have noticed more often how much sugar is inside of my foods. The thing I did not connect is how they can deceive the consumer by naming several different sugars, and making it seem like there isn’t as much. I can read dextrose and fructose corn syrup and not connect they are both sugars, even though I know they are sugars. I think I need to continue to thoroughly think through what I am eating by the ingredients, being more aware of what I consume.

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  8. I knew that us westerners consumed a lot of sugar but I never knew the tricks that corporations used when listing sugar on the labels and all of the different ways they have found to hide it. I know that consuming less sugar alone can immensely improve someone’s diet, and having the knowledge to identify all the unneeded sugar on labels is very helpful. I liked how Lauren offered a healthier substitute in exchange for removing the unhealthy high fructose corn syrup, which is good to know that not all sugars consumed are bad.

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  9. Oh, I didn’t know that’s how the ingredients list worked! I did know about high fructose corn syrup though, but not that there’s 59 other ways for companies to write “sugar” on their food.

    Also it’s so shady how companies know how to cut corners in the tiniest but most effective ways. Makes you think about what other things they’ll try and get away with. Good reminder that corporations are NOT on your side, no matter what they say.

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  10. I had never really thought about how companies make the foods that say “reduced fat” still taste decent. This is great to keep in mind when I am at the grocery store and will hopefully keep me from buying too many processed foods.

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  11. Watching this video definitely opened my eyes to the deceptive nature of corporations in the food industry when it comes to sugar. I’ve known for a while that many foods are packed with sugars when fats are taken out, but I had no idea that food companies would go to the extreme measures of using different names for sugars. I was shocked to discover that there are 59 other names for sugar. In the future, I will definitely keep the information in this video in mind when buying food.

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  12. It never occurred to me that companies put sugar under different names to make it seem like there is less sugar in the product. It goes along with the principle, “If you can’t pronounce it don’t eat it.” It is a good reminder to have everything in moderation and to eat naturally occurring sugars whenever possible.

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  13. I learned a lot of useful information from this video. I learned that the nutrition facts of food is not the only thing you have to look at. I also did not know that companies can split up the added sugar ingredient into up to 59 different names so that the consumer thinks there is not as much in the food. Added sugar has no nutritional value, so I definitely do not want to put that in my body. The information in this video was extremely useful and has definitely motivated me to read ingredients of foods before I eat them.

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  14. This video provided a lot of useful information about how to read nutrition labels and ways that companies manipulate the labels to make it seem as if there is less sugar. I never knew that when looking at the ingredients they were listed according to highest to lowest weight or that companies used multiple names to describe the sugar. Now that I know this information I will use it when buying products and I will always read all of the ingredients on the labels to try and find all the hidden sugars in the product to help me select the food that is the best for my body.

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  15. I found this video interesting and I liked how she talked about how companies will breakdown the sugar into multiple names to seem as though there is less. I never thought of this before but that just goes to show how sneaky those companies are. Also, I was unaware that if a product has “less fat” then it is likely that the amount of sugar is raised and vice versa. Lastly, this video will make me take a closer look at the ingredient label and just make sure I understand everything in that list.

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  16. This video really helped open my eyes to what I am actually putting into my body. I didn’t realize that when companies take out the fat in something they are really just adding twice the sugar. Also I didn’t know that sugar had so many disguises, in the different names it can come across as. I realized I really need to start looking at the labels and watching what I eat if I really want to live and long, happy life.

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  17. I really enjoyed the video and thought it was so interesting how these companies try to trick us into thinking their products are healthier than they really are. I would have never known there were so many different names for added sugar. It really opened up my eyes to how these labels can be deceiving.

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  18. This is really helpful to know! I never realized that sugars could be broken up and listed in such a way in the ingredients list, and it’s really misleading that companies are able to get away with this. I think I will check the ingredients lists for signs of this when buying food products, so I’m not under the false impression that the product I am buying is really healthy for me. I also appreciated that they included the fact that 4 grams of sugar equals 1 teaspoon of sugar in the video, because I’ve always had a difficult time visualizing ingredients when given in grams.

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  19. I found this video very interesting and informative. I never really thought about how companies can “hide” sugar in the ingredients label. Also the less fat, more sugar that Lauren mentioned was something I did not know. Companies can be so deceiving. They are not looking out for our health, they are just after our money. I have also heard about a free trade agreement that may be starting in Europe soon where they will have less regulations on their food like in America. A lot of people in Europe are against this and I do not blame them! I wish we had more regulations on our foods so that I could know what I am actually eating.

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  20. This video was fairly surprising to me. My mom actually started using agave nectar as a substitute for sugar in things like tea and smoothies because she thought it was a lot healthier than regular sugar. I didn’t think that it was just as bad as regular sugar. Another thing that I didn’t even realize was how companies could split up sugar to hide it in the nutrition label. It’s just terrible that they are trying to trick customers who don’t know any better. This was definitely eye opening for me.

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  21. I’ll be honest; I was hoping this video was about staying optimistic in tough times. However, getting a look at the incredible sugar content of various foods is intriguing. I was aware that reduced fat and reduced sugar foods had to balance themselves out in one way or another, but I didn’t realize it was so serious. Hidden sugars also made me think of that black, molasses mass you get from boiling down sodas like Coke or Pepsi. Now, sodas aren’t healthy, but you don’t realize it until you actually see how much sugar goes into them and truly become discouraged from those sugars.

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  22. I found it really interesting to learn the secret names for sugar. I personally never look at the ingredients list on anything that I eat simply because I know I won’t be able to pronounce anything! Like what the heck is maltodextrin? Apparently it’s just another hidden name for sugar. This video definitely increased my awareness of this issue enough to actually try reading my label next time I eat something and see just how many types of unnecessary sugar is in the product. If there’s too many, I might put it back and choose a healthier alternative so I can treat my body better.

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  23. Over the past few months, I have been doing a lot of research on nutrition. The problem is that there is so much conflicting research. For example, I read an article from a reliable source that basically proved that eggs are one of the best things that you can put into your body; a super food. However Dr. Pappas warns that since they are an animal product, they are actually unhealthy. All that being said, I have seen that nearly every article of research shows that sugar is bad, and that we should not be eating it if we are to take our health seriously. It is very important for us to be able to identify what is really going into our bodies with regards to sugar and other sweetening additives.

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  24. It really is interesting to see all the different ways companies can hide unhealthy things in their foods. It goes to show they don’t care about the consumer if they heavily market the reduced fat of their product and then hide all the extra sugar and other unhealthy ingredients that goes into their product. Having the ability to rename sugar and spread them throughout the ingredients list does a good job at disguising itself, especially if someone doesn’t even know how to pronounce some of those words let alone know what they are.

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  25. I knew that there was sugar in just about everything, but I didn’t realize just how much sugar. Typically, I just think of “sugary” foods as candy, soda, and other kinds of junk food, but after doing a little digging, I’m almost shocked about the sheer amount of sugar that is in just about everything that I eat. Recently, I have been slowly modifying my diet to make myself healthier, beginning with ingesting less eggs and cholesterol heavy foods, and now I’m thinking of making consuming sugar my next goal.

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  26. Before watching this video, I knew basically any kind of ‘reduced fat’ or ‘low sugar’ products were just crap, but after this video I know why these things are crap. I’ve known that sugar is added to almost everything we eat today. Even things like marinara sauce have added sugar in them, which is completely unnecessary, but hey, it tastes better I guess. Another thing I know is that the maximum amount of sugar allowed in one day for the average human being is 40g, while most products today have 10-20 average. Dosen’t seem good when you’re eating about 6 of those things a day, does it?

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  27. I thought that everyone knew that everything has sugar in it-I mean sugar is the basic food for all living things (starch for plants and glycogen for animals). I just don’t understand why companies think that dumping so much sugar into their products is a good idea. What good do they think will come from tricking us? It makes you wonder if they ever consume their product-or if they let their family and friends consume their product. How can they have a good conscience when they are putting people they love at risk?

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  28. I found this video very helpful in understanding what I am putting in my body. Most of the time we are just told to read the labels, but I was never sure on what is actually good or bad for you. Knowing the specific ingredients to look out for was helpful and will make me give my food’s label a second look. When I checked the tea I was drinking the second ingredient was high fructose corn syrup. It was also interesting knowing how companies can hide certain ingredients within the label without you knowing. This means we have to check our labels even harder because some things we thought were healthy actually are not.

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  29. My mom has always been one to get on me about added sugar, and hearing in class about misleading food labels reminded me of that. I knew that companies add more of one thing when they take out another, but I was still ignorant to sugar facts in general. Hearing that there are four grams of sugar in one teaspoon is very surprising and kind of scary to hear. A teaspoon seems small, but when I actually look at it it is the size of a coin. That’s still small, however if you think about how much sugar is usually in certain products, it really adds up! Some cereals have 14g of sugar. That’s a lot, and sugar isn’t necessarily bad for you, but in high amounts it can lead to increased production of fat in the body. America is already unhealthy, and it’s just sad to see that food companies are not helping us.

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  30. Super crazy and overwhelming that so much sugar could be in something that I’m thinking is good for me. I knew that there were some different names for sugar but had no clue it was 59. I think that knowing this will make me more aware of what I am eating and now I won’t get lazy towards the end of the for label.

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  31. I feel that the amount of sugar that is in so many of our products is absolutely insane. Food production companies are essentially poisoning our entire country yet we’re okay with that? And because it is so present in our diet, we have just totally forgotten about it. No one even thinks about the amount of sugar they consume in a day, and then the few that do consider it will just brush it off because they don’t even see a way that they could possibly avoid all of that sugar. These companies are killing us and we don’t seem to care.

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  32. I found this video very helpful and eye opening. I never knew that sugar had 59 different names and that companies can hide the amount of sugar this is in our food. I find it very discouraging that they are able to do this. However I do believe that responsibility also falls back on the the consumers to do research on what they are consuming. I enjoyed this video and enhanced my knowledge on how to read labels so I am able to do more research on what is going into my body.

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  33. Awareness. Knowing what’s being put into your body is essential to living a sustainable lifestyle. No matter your opinion on certain practices, foods, or drugs, just knowing what makes up he product you are holding can help identify what may be positive or negative to yourself. With time a healthier diet can be personalized to maintain a healthy lifestyle, not every individual is the same therefore some ingredients may never have an effect on an individual.

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  34. This video was very helpful because it brought to light an issue that is concerning it today’s food. These added sugars are things that I did not know about. I didn’t know that they had multiple names so this video helps me see that I should be aware of all the names companies might use to trick me. When i know them, I can efficiently avoid certain foods with added sugar that I don’t need. This is something that would benefit all humans and really help decrease the percentage of obesity if people took the time to be aware of this issue, read the labels, and choose a healthier choice.

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  35. I think that this is really important to know, but also really hard to avoid. I know that lots of sugar is bad for me but so many products today have lots of sugar, and if it doesn’t have lots of sugar it has lots of fat or lots of proteins, etc. Its crazy how far companies will go to hide ingredients from you like this by using different names for them to make it not sound as bad. I usually try to look at labels before I buy things and make a good decision in what I eat, but any packaged item really is a double edged sword- if its low in one bad thing, its high in another, there’s no good way to go.

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  36. I think that this issue can be solved if people do their research. Companies purposely put these fake sugars into foods that start to become addicting. When people become addicted, they do not care what they’re putting into their bodies as long as they are satisfying their cravings. But, if everyone read up and actually educated themselves than we would have a lot less people eating fake sugar and a higher demand of natural, nutrition dense foods going into our bodies. All companies want to do is make money, its up to us to find out what is really best for us and what will benefit our health and sustainability in the long run.

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  37. I found this video to be very interesting and enlightening. I did not realize companies had so many loopholes they could jump through, from 59 alternate name for added sugar to dividing portions to place them further down the ingredients list. It shines light on the fact that unless the consumer is completely educated on the matter, they really do not know what they are buying themselves. As Lauren says, “agave extract” sounds healthy!

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  38. I was not aware sugar can really be “hidden”. As a consumer you would hope the people you are getting your food from, are being honest with you with their ingredients. Unless you are a very informed consumer you probably wouldn’t have known about the hidden sugars, I know I didn’t. This video helped enlighten me on the topic, and something I will be applying to the future.

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  39. Although I believe that learning to read and understand nutritional labels is extremely important, it could be prevented all together. This video presents a step in the right direction; however, there’s a seemingly unending list of harmful ingredients that we need to be on the lookout for besides sugar. The end game should ultimately be to eat foods that don’t have a nutrition label: whole foods. Eating a plant-based diet is the healthiest way to eat and the best part is that you don’t have to waste time reading and sorting through a list of ingredients.

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  40. I find this to be a real growing problem where consumers are buying food without reading ingredients or knowing what’s in the them. The amount of sugar people consume this day in age is ridiculous, especially children. It frustrates me that people aren’t properly educated on proper nutrition and therefore don’t know what to put in their bodies. The fact the people don’t read ingredients or check the serving size on an item can be very detrimental to ones health. On top of that cooperations are making it even harder now for people to know what’s in their food by hiding the actual ingredients. This makes me so mad because these business are putting people’s lives at risk in order to make a little more money.

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  41. I feel that people tend to avoid the nutrition labels on products when buying. They think that just from the label on the front that they are getting what they want. The other problem is is that even when trying to read the label many people don’t know what they are reading or even what they are looking for. I know for myself I try and look at the labels before purchasing so I know for sure what I am putting into my body. If everyone was more aware of the different types of sugars in products then purchases of items would be more thought out with their knowledge of the ingredients.

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