Sucrose: 50% Fructose, 50% Glucose
Honey: 49% Fructose, 43% GlucoseNo earth shattering difference, for sure. The reason that HFCS has a bad rap is because it’s cheap and we consume too much of it compared to other forms of sweeteners.
2. “Sweetened with maltitol or sugar alcohols instead of sugars”: They do not affect the blood sugar, which is why they are not counted as carbohydrates. They still have 2 calories a gram, which is lower than the 4 calories sugar packs but it is definitely not a zero.
3. “No sugar added”: This may sound like a good option, but it only means one thing. The product has already so much sugar from dried fruit juice or natural sugar that it does not need any more. Most likely not a low calorie food!
4. “Low dextrose equivalent”: Low dextrose equivalent is a term used for diabetics as it tells them if they need to inject insulin after eating a certain food. But, it does not make the food a low carb food per se.
5. “Net carbs”: Net carbs is a clever little semantic gem the food industry cooked up. A loophole in the FDA code allows companies to label maltitol as non-sugars since they do not affect the blood sugar levels; therefore, they miraculously lose their caloric value. Again, if you are not a diabetic, this has no bearing for you.
Remember: the only carbohydrates that truly do not count are fiber carbs since they cannot be digested (that’s why the quest bars are awesome)!
So make sure to read the labels carefully and stick to eating real food as often as possible!
Until next time,