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Does sugar have an impact on your energy levels?

You have read it everywhere: sugar is the new fat! With the good fats now rehabilitated, sugar has become the official new health killer, responsible for low inflammation and a plethora of diseases and conditions. 

61 different names for sugar!

You read it accurately, there are at least 61 different ways to sweeten your foods. Manufacturers have done a great job researching sweet substances and naming them. Here are the names you can find on labels. Some are natural sweeteners, while others are artificial products.

  • Agave nectar
  • Barbados sugar
  • Barley malt
  • Barley malt syrup
  • Beet sugar
  • Brown sugar
  • Buttered syrup
  • Cane juice
  • Cane juice crystals
  • Cane sugar
  • Caramel
  • Carob syrup
  • Castor sugar
  • Coconut palm sugar
  • Coconut sugar
  • Confectioner's sugar
  • Corn sweetener
  • Corn syrup
  • Corn syrup solids
  • Date sugar
  • Dehydrated cane juice
  • Demerara sugar
  • Dextrin
  • Dextrose
  • Evaporated cane juice
  • Free-flowing brown sugars
  • Fructose
  • Fruit juice
  • Fruit juice concentrate
  • Glucose
  • Glucose solids
  • Golden sugar
  • Golden syrup
  • Grape sugar
  • HFCS (High-Fructose Corn Syrup)
  • Honey
  • Icing sugar
  • Invert sugar
  • Malt syrup
  • Maltodextrin
  • Maltol
  • Maltose
  • Mannose
  • Maple syrup
  • Molasses
  • Muscovado
  • Palm sugar
  • Panocha
  • Powdered sugar
  • Raw sugar
  • Refiner's syrup
  • Rice syrup
  • Saccharose
  • Sorghum Syrup
  • Sucrose
  • Sugar (granulated)
  • Sweet Sorghum
  • Syrup
  • Treacle
  • Turbinado sugar
  • Yellow sugar

This inflation of names has become necessary to keep consumers addicted to the sweet taste. Added ‘sugar’ is no longer restricted to sweet products, it is also added to a number of savoury products. It is even estimated that 75% of packaged foods in the US contains caloric or non-caloric sweeteners. How far behind are we in the UK?

How much sugar is ok?

This is the question that nobody can answer because nobody knows. Official organisations disagree on the upper limit. The World Health Organisation (WHO) recommends a maximum daily consumption of 25g of sugar or 10% of an adult's daily calories. But who has time to count calories nowadays?

It is very easy to reach 25g of sugar with one item only. Here are a few examples: 

  • 1 large banana (200g): 25g of sugar
  • 1 Magnum (white, regular): 24g
  • 1 Coca Cola (330ml): 35g
  • 200g Yeo Valley natural yogurt: 10g

What is the link between sugar and energy?

It is now widely recognised that overconsumption of sugar causes fatigue. After ingesting sugar, you get an initial energy boost that lasts between 30 and 60 minutes, before wearing off. Then you can feel 'a crash'. That is why all forms of sugars are so addictive and we resort to sugary treats so easily. 

What is best keep your energy levels steady?

The best way to keep your energy levels steady is to eat low (or medium) GL foods. These foods are mostly fresh vegetables, fruits, beans, pulses, lentils, meat and fish, dairy products. As rule, the more processed a product, the more likely it is to contain a form of sugar. 

Another incentive to check every single of item of food you eat is that you are more likely to lose weight (and keep it off) if you eat less sugar. Worth giving it a try, isn't it?

To your health and happiness! 

Looking to get into reducing your sugar intake this summer? I'd love your feedback.

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Written by Severine Menem

London, EC1V

Severine Menem is a Nutritional Therapist & Health Coach. Her mission is to help you make the most out of life, enjoy every single day, and never let your health get in the way.

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