In most cases, they’re no better than the unhealthy sweet junk food found in your local supermarket or convenience store.
But one big difference is “health food” sweets are much more expensive!
And in order to get us addicted to their products and make more profit from our growing sweet tooth, health food stores and manufacturers keep offering a larger assortment of high-glycemic sugar-laden foods.
Where’s the Sugar, Sweetie?
In order to mislead you, companies label sugars with fancy new names.
For example, “crystals” is the current popular new age term for sugar. Among other names, sugar is now called Florida Crystals, cane juice crystals, organic dehydrated cane juice, unbleached crystallized evaporated cane juice and raw cane crystals, but it’s still sugar.
And it can be found in health food store whole grain cereals, granola bars, and baked goods, breads, yogurts and many other foods and drinks.
Rapadura (or Sucanat) is another high-glycemic sweetener that can be found in health food store aisles. Advertisers claim Rapadura is “the perfect organic, unbleached, unrefined sweetener” and asserts that “processing methods retain the natural vitamins and minerals in sugar.”
This may sound great, but it’s still just more honey-coated hype.
Sugar, by any name, may have some miniscule nutrients, but sugar in any form has never been grown or consumed for its nutritional value.
And although the powerful sugar industry lobby would like you to think otherwise, sugar is not only bad for your health and teeth, it’s a killer. Overindulgence in sweets has been linked to obesity, heart disease, diabetes and a whole host of other deadly degenerative diseases.
And high-glycemic sugars have also been shown to lead to many childhood diseases and to cause learning difficulties and behavior problems.
It’s Time for Some Sweet Revenge
Don’t let yourself be misled. From now on when you’re shopping, whether at the health food store or supermarket, be sure to read the labels.
Remember, sugar by any other name remains the same!
It’s time to start eliminating high-glycemic sweets from our diets. And definitely don’t get conned, no matter what the label calls the hidden sugars. Start choosing more and more products that are sugar-free.
Instead of addictive, high calorie, low nutrition, high-glycemic, sugary products choose foods high in vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients, like fresh fruits and vegetables. Your body will thank you for it later!
How about you? Are you a sugar addict? If you’ve overcome a sugar addiction, how did you do it and how do you get past the sugar hype?
More Commonsense Health for You:
“Refined” Bad Carb Sweet Sugar Death
The Low GI Diet of Low Glycemic Index Foods
Low Glycemic Fruits for Normal Blood Sugar Levels
Stupid Is As Stupid Eats – Have You Been Sugar-Jacked?