Sugar. Would a food by any other name taste as sweet?

As it turns out, the answer to that question is yes, and our food industry is literally banking on consumers’ growing appetites for sugar and sweeteners. Americans are expected to consume 11.2 million metric tons of sugar this year alone, much of it through processed foods.

Take a look at these statistics:

  • – The Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology journal reported that 74% of products in the U.S. food supply contain added caloric or low-calorie sweeteners, or both.
  • – A study published by the open-access medical journal BMJ Open found that nearly 60% of an average American’s daily calories come from ‘ultra-processed’ foods – products that contain flavors, colors, sweeteners and other additives that you wouldn’t use at home. These products are the main source of added sugar in the U.S. diet.
  • – The USDA reported that the average American consumed 40.5 lbs. of refined cane and beet sugar, 24 lbs. of high-fructose corn syrup and 9.9 lbs. of other sweeteners, such as honey, agave syrup and molasses, in 2016. That’s a total of 74.4 lbs. of sugar per person per year.
  • – A 13-year study on artificial sweeteners by the George Washington University Milken Institute’s School of Public Health showed that consumption increased 200% during that time period. It also reported a direct correlation between obesity and frequent use of artificial sweeteners.
  • – Meanwhile, BMJ Open reported that Americans get less than 1% of their daily calories from vegetables.

Is it any wonder that we have a health crisis in this country? We’re killing ourselves with sugar and artificial sweeteners instead of eating wholesome, anti-inflammatory fruits, vegetables, meats, eggs and dairy products. And often, we don’t even realize it; sugar and sweeteners are hidden in everyday foods, making it easy to eat sugar without even knowing it’s there.

The SHAPE ReClaimed program is designed to eliminate added sugars and artificial sweeteners from your diet so that you can improve your health. Why? Because sugar consumption is linked with obesity, heart disease, diabetes, cancer and a host of other health disorders. Artificial sweeteners like aspartame, saccharine and sucralose have also been proven to create toxicity in our bodies.

So what can you do to avoid added sugars and sweeteners? Choose to eat the fresh, healthy foods outlined by the SHAPE ReClaimed program, and learn how to cook meals that don’t require cans and boxes of ingredients. By avoiding processed foods, you’ll eliminate a major source of hidden sugars.

But if you do choose to purchase gently processed foods like yogurt, canned vegetables, broth, salad dressings, crackers, seasoning blends and other ingredients, be sure to read the labels carefully.

A new FDA nutrition facts label will identify foods with added sugar when it goes into effect on January 1, 2020. Until then, be vigilant. Sugar and sweeteners often hide behind healthy-sounding names. Don’t be fooled – sugar is sugar and artificial is artificial, no matter what manufacturers call it. 

61 Names for Sugar*

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


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



8 Names for Artificial Sweeteners*










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