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Sugar Labels are Fooling You

What were you thinking when you had this huge piece of Organic Chocolate?

What were you thinking when you had this vegan pecan pie? I know... you cooked it yourself and you didn't add any sugar (just 20 dates, 6 spoons of maple syrup...).

Been there, done that!

"Organic", "natural", "vegan", and so on and so forth: Fancy labels that do not always rhyme with sugar-free or low in sugar.

These labels just mean that the food is unprocessed, and yes processed food, could increase the risk of cancer. But did you know that eating sugar can cause all sources of diseases? I bet you did.

Whether in the form of liquid, solid or even with a superman cape sugar is still sugar, and will have an effect on your blood levels and body weight.

The chances of you eating more sugar than you need are quite high. As a general rule, adults should have 25-30 g of sugar per day.

Here are examples of "healthy" snacks that are surprisingly high in sugar:

1. 100% fruit juice: 1 pouch contains approx. 25g of sugar

2. Cereal and granola

3. Barbecue sauce: 2 tablespoons=12-15g of sugar

4. Fat free yoghurts can contain 15-20g of sugar per pot

Below is a list of types sugars that you may not be aware of.


Agave syrup

Brown rice syrup

Corn syrup

Malt syrup

Maple syrup


Date syrup

2.Extraction from Fruit or Vegetables

Beet sugar

Corn sugar

Coconut sugar

Date sugar

3.Fresh Juices

Apple juice

Orange juice

Grape juice

Infographic taken from:

Fiolet T, Srour B, Sellem L, Kesse-Guyot E, Allès B, Méjean C, et al. Consumption of ultra-processed foods and cancer risk: results from NutriNet-Santé prospective cohort. BMJ. 2018 14;360:k322.

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