Break the sugar trap

March 28, 2021
By Swati Chandrasekhar,

Break the sugar trap:

Sugar is not always listed as “SUGAR” on the ingredient list of most packaged foods. Here are some names for sugar you must look for while shopping for any food item:
1. Fructose
2. Corn syrup
3. Sucrose
4. Molasses
5. Caramel
6. Agave nectar
7. Dextrose
8. Maltose
9. Galactose
There are 56 names for sugar widely used by food industry! Keep a special lookout for ingredients ending with “ose”

What happens if you don’t?

One can easily get addicted to sugar. If you experience two or more of the following signs, it’s time for a change:
1. You feel the need to eat or snack all day long
2. You eat a lot of fruit or drink a lot of fruit juices
3. You take tea/coffee breaks more often
4. You are chronically stressed
5. You crave for sugar after every meal
5. You experience deep hunger pangs
6. You crave for sweets in the morning and late at night
7. You have an intense craving for sugar

What happens if you do?

1. Your skin feels better and you look younger
2. Increased energy levels
3. Weight Loss
4. Better sleep
5. Better gum and teeth health
6. Fewer mood swings
7. Reduced risk of Type-2 Diabetes
8. Lower risk of cancers
9. Fewer joint and muscle aches
10. Reduced stress on your liver
11. Enhanced memory

How does it work?

1. Your body will quickly start to repair itself once sugar is cut out
2. You will notice improvements in insulin levels and inflammatory responses
3. As insulin levels stabilize, other hormones (like those involved in fat storage), also return to normal levels


1. Add sweet spices like cinnamon and jeshthamadh (Licorice root) to your food
2. Never skip breakfast
3. Eat plenty of fruits
4. Get more sleep
5. Brush your teeth immediately after meals
6. Get habituated to label reading when grocery shopping

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