For the purpose of the First 21 Sugar Free Challenge, we are most concerned with hidden sources of sugar added to processed and prepared foods. It is not impossible, but highly unlikely that anyone becomes overweight because of excessive fruit and vegetable consumption. Added sugars on the other hand, are a significant deterrent of health and vitality.

Sugar is rich in calories, but lacks nutritional value, which is why it is commonly referred to as empty calories. For this reason, sugar added to your food is associated with weight gain and malnutrition. A combo that leads to countless long-term health problems. Unfortunately, many people are still oblivious to the hidden sources of sugar in their diet.

Here is a List of Common Sources of Added Sugar

  • Breads & Pastas

  • Sauces (Pizza & Pasta)

  • Condiments (ketchup & bbq)  

  • Jelly & Jam

  • Prepared Foods (canned & boxed)

  • Soft Drinks or Sodas

  • Energy Drinks

  • Juices

  • Candies

  • Chocolate

  • Ice Cream

  • Cakes, Cookies, Pastries

  • Specialty Coffee Drinks

Potential Health Consequences

The second leading cause of preventable death in America is excessive weight or obesity, which is strongly associated with consuming large quantities of added sugars. Excessive weight gain or obesity is associated with the following health conditions:

  • Coronary Heart disease, Stroke, and High Blood Pressure

  • Type 2 Diabetes

  • Cancers, such as Endometrial, Breast, and Colon Cancers

  • High Total Cholesterol or High Levels of Triglycerides

  • Liver and Gallbladder Disease

  • Sleep Apnea and Respiratory Problems

  • Degeneration of Cartilage and Underlying Bone within a Joint (osteoarthritis)

  • Reproductive Health Complications such as Infertility

  • Mental Health Conditions

Reading labels can be an important part of going sugar free. You’ll likely find that sugar has been added to almost everything processed and prepared.  

Here are Some Alternative Names for Sugar

  • Agave Nectar

  • Barley Malt

  • Beet Sugar

  • Brown Sugar

  • Cane Juice

  • Can Sugar

  • Carob Syrup

  • Coconut Palm Sugar

  • Corn Syrup

  • Date Sugar

  • Dehydrated Cane Juice

  • Dextrin

  • Dextrose

  • Fructose

  • Fruit Juice

  • Fruit Juice Concentrate

  • Glucose

  • HFCS (High Fructose Corn Syrup)

  • Honey

  • Malt Syrup

  • Maltodextrin

  • Malto

  • Maltose

  • Mannose

  • Maple Syrup

  • Molasses

  • Palm Sugar

  • Panocha

  • Powdered Sugar

  • Raw Sugar

  • Rice Syrup

  • Saccharose

  • Sorghum Syrup

  • Sucrose

  • Sweet Sorghum

  • Treacle

  • Turbinado Sugar