Oct 21, 2019 - McCormick YMCA

Sugar by Any Other Name…

Many food manufacturers today understand that the average consumer has become wiser and knows that excess sugar, fat, or salt all have detrimental effects on the body and are major causes of health defects. Because of this, they are not going to make it so easy and obvious for the consumer to realize that their products may be loaded with these types of ingredients. By law a food manufacturer needs to display what their products contain and their contents inside. 

So what's their solution? 

They hide the content of their product by renaming that content with words that mean the exact same thing. Manufacturers use a name that the consumer does not easily recognize or overlooks.

I will give just one example here. A product that has a label that displays "SUGAR FREE" is not going to have the name "SUGAR" in the ingredient list, but may have names such as "MALTITOL", "POLYDEXTROSE", "ACESULFAME POTASSIUM", "SUCRALOSE", "COCOA", "MALTODEXTRIN", "HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP", "MALTOSE", "MOLASSES", etc…and I can go on. 

This is the exact same thing. Food manufacturing companies are experts at figuring out ways at to get people to buy their products because they know that if the consumer knows what is in their products they will most likely not be as successful. 

Learn how to interpret food labels in order to keep you and your family on the right track healthwise!