Do you keep a tab on the food items you & your children consume? Checking the expiry date, added sugars and added preservatives is not enough. There are many types of sugars which may not be obvious in the food label.
Some of the frequently used alternatives to sugars are:
- High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS): high intake leads to insulin resistance, fatty liver, type 2 diabetes
- Sucrose: Another name for table sugar, the sugar you commonly use at home
- Agave nectar/syrup: used in many health foods, it results in metabolic disorders
- Other Sugar alternatives: Jaggery, Dates, Molasses, Beet Sugars, Blackstrap molasses, Brown sugar, Cane juice crystals, Cane sugar, Castor sugar, Fruit juice, Fruit juice concentrate, Grape sugar, Honey, Icing sugar, Invert sugar, Maple syrup, Barley malt, Brown rice syrup, corn syrup, corn syrup solids, dextrin, dextrose, glucose, glucose solids, maltodextrin, malt syrup, lactose, maltose, rice syrup, fructose, crystalline fructose.
You can find these names under “ingredients”. Read our next article on hidden sugars in the brands you buy at your local kirana store/supermarket