Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Avoid Sorbitol And Fructose

If you see words such as sucrose, fructose, sorbitol and mannitol on food labels, these are NOT low-calorie sweeteners.

Sucrose and fructose are pure sugars and they are NOT low-calorie.  Sorbitol and mannitol are sweeteners that have slightly fewer calories than sugar and they raise the blood sugar more slowly.

Cookies, candies and chocolates that are made with sorbitol or mannitol are often found to be high in fat.  The sorbitol in them can also affect your weight and blood sugars.  These foods are often NOT low-calorie.  In fact, they may have similar calories to the regular cookies, candies or chocolates.  Limit all of them.

Lots of sugar can also be found in what you drink.  High-sugar drinks include chocolate milk, fruit drinks, fruit crystal drinks, fruit juice and regular soft drinks.  Once cup of unsweetened fruit juice or 1 cup of regular soft drink has about 7 teaspoons of sugar.  Choose water instead.

When you start choosing low-fat foods and eating fewer processed foods, you will be eating less fat and sugar.