If you think that sugar can only be found in cookies, cakes, ice cream and other sweet treats, think again. Sugar sneaks its way to so many different kinds of food — and some of them are not even that sweet!
Types of Sugar in your Diet
There are two main categories of sugar: natural and added. Natural sugars are exactly what you’d think: naturally produced. These are the natural sugars that are found in unprocessed food, in their whole, natural state. Fruits and vegetables contain natural sugars — some more than others — as well as some grains and dairy products. Of course, sugar in general should be consumed in moderation, but if you are going to have any sugar at all, natural is better than added.
Added sugar is what you need to watch out for. If your diet consists are too much added sugar, you run the risk of weight gain, tooth decay, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, high triglyceride levels, high cholesterol and nutrient deficiency because these sugary products do not contain the proper amount of nutrients your body needs in order to maintain its health.
Sugar comes in many forms
While dessert may be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of sugar-filled food, it is certainly not the only culprit. Added sugar is everywhere, and unfortunately, it does way more harm than good to our bodies.
Added sugars present themselves in many ways. You may not even realize that a lot of the products you consume on a regular basis contain added sugars. This is why it is so important to eat a well balanced diet that includes a lot of whole, unprocessed foods — and if you do eat anything that has been packaged and/or processed, please check the nutrition labels! Check the ingredients as well. Added sugar is not just labeled as that. It can be called any of these things: honey, syrup, brown sugar, molasses, dextrose, high fructose corn syrup, fructose, glucose, and sucrose, and concentrate.
Why is sugar in all types of food?
Added sugar is used in processed food and drinks as a preservative to extend the shelf life for certain products and keep them from spoiling. It is also used as a flavor enhancer, and can improve color and texture of certain foods too. Sugar is also used in the fermentation process of breads and alcohols.
Condiments are a big sugar trap. Ketchup, BBQ sauce, spicy mayo, soy sauce, teriyaki sauce… Whatever your condiment of choice, do not ignore the nutrition label. Shop for brands that offer low sugar or no added sugar options if you can. Added sugar is found in many energy drinks, fruit juices, sweetened teas, chips, and lots of other junk food items.
Is there Sugar in Alcohol?
Wine is another sugar culprit, but because alcohol is not regulated by the FDA, nutritional labels are not required. So how do you know if there is added sugar in the bottle of wine you’re purchasing at the store? The short and simple answer is that you don’t, unless you do your homework. As a general rule of thumb, most mass produced brands of wine will inevitably have added sugar because this helps the big manufacturers save time and money during the production process. And those brands of wine that are priced so low that it makes you think “it’s too good to be true?” We hate to break it to you…but it probably is. Chances are, those bottles of wine have added sugar.
Buy No Added Sugar Wine Online
SYLTBAR’s promise to you is that there is never, ever any added sugars in any of our wines. Our winery allows the grapes to fully develop, so there is no need to add anything else to the juice. We don’t take any shortcuts to save time or money, or to be able to produce large quantities. SYLTBAR respects quality over quantity, and will never compromise its standards. It’s your Happy Healthy Daily Juice for a good reason!
Shop our online store for Prosecco and Sparkling Rosé with zero added sugars. We also offer four different fine wines, all of which are also free of any added sugars. SYLTBAR is 100% naturally produced wine from Friuli, Italy. Nothing added, nothing removed, just as it should be.