Are You Overdosing on Hidden Sugars? (Part 1 of 2)

You’re probably overdosing on some 60 to 90 teaspoons of Sneaky Hidden Sugars™—as I call them—at least 22 times a day.

Indeed, you may be dipping in and out of Sugar Shock for much of your day, and you may be unknowingly sabotaging your weight-loss efforts every single time you eat foods from cans, jars or packages.  How can you be eating that much sugar?

The sad truth is, if you’re like most Americans, Australians or others living in “civilized countries,” you’re likely consuming Sneaky Hidden Sugars every few hours, without even realizing it.

It doesn’t matter if you’ve been cautiously phasing out or nixing obvious sugars so you’ll lose weight, get more energy, improve your health, and crush your cravings.

[shareable cite=”Connie Bennett, The Cravings Ninja”]You may be unknowingly sabotaging your weight-loss efforts every time you eat foods from cans, jars or packages. [/shareable]

If you don’t quiz waiters or examine food labels and be ultra-vigilant, you may still be pigging out on Sneaky Hidden Sugars without knowing it.
Since 1998, when I kicked sugar and other sweeteners on doctor’s orders, I’ve been on a mission to help you avoid those dangerous, Sneaky Hidden Sugars.

Then, since two recent disastrous experiences with Sneaky Hidden Sugars—such as the time I accidentally ate sugar and got super-sick for three days—I’ve become more committed and determined to help turn you into a Savvy Sugar Sleuth.

Lately, I’ve become especially concerned with the fact that we’re getting duped over and over and over again.

If you’ve been oblivious to the news about sugar’s many dangers, let me briefly share a few reasons why you want to avoid Sneaky Hidden Sugars.

  • To begin, research shows that all those packaged “treats” may be triggering your cravings for more sugar-laden foods. Bear in mind that I’m not talking about just sweets. You can be getting Sneaky Hidden Sugars from foods that don’t taste sweet. (Stay tuned, because soon, I’ll share how I arrived at this astounding 60-to-90 tsp. figure.)
  • Secondly “even three teaspoons of refined sugars can throw your body out of balance and compromise its health,” points out Nancy Appleton, Ph.D., author of Suicide by Sugar.
  • Plus, those Sneaky Hidden Sugars—along with obvious sweeteners in desserts or sweet snacks—can pave the way to more than 100 health conditions or diseases, including cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease, early aging, hypoglycemia, mood swings, anxiety, and difficulty concentrating. (You can learn about sugar’s many dangers in my books, Sugar Shock and Beyond Sugar Shock?

So are you among millions unknowingly pumping your body full of Sneaky Hidden Sugars?

And are those Sneaky Hidden Sugars causing your Crazy Cravings™ to reel out of control?

The worst part about Sneaky Hidden Sugars is that they add up very quickly, especially if you don’t carefully read food labels like a Savvy Sugar Sleuth.

So why would you be consuming so many sweeteners in only one day?

Most food manufacturers—in their efforts to make their processed products more palatable—fill them with a plethora of sweeteners, including high fructose corn syrup (most popular), sucrose (from sugar cane or beet), beet nectar, brown sugar, corn syrup, invert sugar (a mixture of equal parts of glucose and fructose), and dextrose (refined corn sugar).

Wait, that’s not all. You’re also probably imbibing hidden sugars galore from fruit juice concentrates (also called concentrated fruit juice), raw sugar, turbinado sugar (partially refined light brown cane sugar), crystalline fructose (which is not the same as fruit sugar or levulose), molasses, maple syrup, honey, rice syrup, high maltose corn syrup, barley malt syrup, powdered sugar, cane juice (also called evaporated cane juice or cane sugar),  date sugar, tapioca syrup, and coconut sugar.

You’re also getting lots of sweeteners from the allegedly healthier agave, which I’ve been warning against since 2008, then again here in 2009 and again here, and again in 2010.

Admittedly, my figure of 60 to 90 tsp. of Sneaky Hidden Sugars a much bigger figure than the estimate provided by the American Heart Association.

The American Heart Association  finds that you (the average American) may be consuming about 22 teaspoons of added sugars, which is higher than far higher than what (The AHA suggests: no more than 6 teaspoons of added sugars for adult women and 9 teaspoons for adult men)

So how did I arrive at this really appalling figure of 60 to 90 teaspoons of Sneaky Hidden Sugars every day?

Frankly, these stats so utterly astounded me that I hired two different researchers, who carefully vetted my math.

Learn in Part 2 how you, too, could be gorging up to 90 teaspoons of Sneaky Hidden Sugars over the course of a day.