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 The Scary Truth About Sugar 
The following is one in an ongoing series of columns entitled The Dean of Wellness by . View all columns in series

  • Amasake
  • Apple sugar
  • Barbados sugar
  • Bark sugar
  • Barley malt
  • Barley malt syrup
  • Beet sugar
  • Brown rice syrup
  • Brown sugar
  • Cane juice
  • Cane sugar
  • Caramelized foods
  • Carbitol
  • Carmel coloring
  • Carmel sugars
  • Concentrated fruit juice
  • Corn sweetener
  • Corn syrup
  • Date sugar
  • Dextrin
  • Dextrose
  • Diglycerides
  • Disaccharides
  • D-tagalose
  • Evaporated cane juice
  • Evaporated cane juice
  • Florida crystals
  • Fructooligosaccharides (FOS)
  • Fructose
  • Fruit juice concentrate
  • Galactose
  • Glucitol
  • Glucoamine
  • Gluconolactone
  • Glucose
  • Glucose polymers
  • Glucose syrup
  • Glycerides
  • Glycerine
  • Glycerol
  • Glycol
  • Hexitol
  • High-fructose corn syrup
  • Honey
  • Inversol
  • Invert sugar
  • Isomalt
  • Karo syrups
  • Lactose
  • Levulose
  • “Light” sugar
  • >“Lite” sugar
  • Malitol
  • Malt dextrin
  • Malted barley
  • Maltodextrins
  • Maltodextrose
  • Maltose
  • Malts
  • Mannitol
  • Mannose
  • Maple syrup
  • Microcrystalline cellulose
  • Molasses
  • Monoglycerides
  • Monosaccarides
  • Nectars
  • Pentose
  • Polydextrose
  • Polyglycerides
  • Powdered sugar
  • Raisin juice
  • Raisin syrup
  • Raw sugar
  • Ribose rice syrup
  • Rice malt
  • Rice sugar
  • Rice sweeteners
  • Rice syrup solids
  • Saccharides
  • Sorbitol
  • Sorghum
  • Sucanat
  • Sucanet
  • Sucrose
  • Sugar cane
  • Trisaccharides
  • Turbinado sugar
  • Unrefined sugar
  • White sugar
  • Xylitol
  • Zylose

    USDA recommends limiting added sugars - from packaged foods and the sugar bowl - to 24 grams a day (6 teaspoons) if you eat 1,600 calories; 40 grams (10 teaspoons) for a 2,000-calorie diet; 56 grams (14 teaspoons) for a 2,400-calorie diet; and 72 grams (18 teaspoons) for a 2,800-calorie-diet.

    Food with its' Average Added sugars

  • Apple Sauce contains 11 g
  • Peanut Butter contains 18g
  • Yogurt contains 23g
  • Fruit Juice contains 40g

    Where We Get Our Sugar:

    Then and Now
    In 1973, the per capita consumption of sugar and other highly refined sweeteners (such as high-fructose corn syrup) was 126 pounds a year. Today, it's 158 pounds - an increase of 26 percent. During the same time period, the percent of overweight Americans increased by nearly 20 percent.

    Soda Overload
    A single can of soda contains 12 teaspoons of added sugars. That's 120 percent of the USDA's recommended daily intake of sugar. Researchers have found that just two cans of soda can suppress immune function for up to five hours.

    * As a physician, I have found that reducing sugar intake is one of the most important ways to control hypoglycemia, diabetes, and intestinal yeast. Reduce your sugar intake by supplementing your tea, water, and other beverages with Stevia. Please go to and click on Dean Wellness for my personal Stevia recommendation.

    Originally published in Natural Health Magazine, 2000.

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    Proficient in both conventional and alternative medicine Dr. Dean offers Consultations for Health by Phone. If you require individualization of the advice offered in this article, you can contact Dr. Dean at ...moreCarolyn Dean
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