"Sugar Free" is not ALWAYS sugar free!
We all try hard to watch our diets, and some of us HAVE to watch our blood sugar. So, we head for the items marked "Sugar Free!", right? Well, I've got news for you: Sugar free doesn't necessarily mean it contains no sugar. What? How could that be?? They can't SAY sugar free if it isn't! Sure they can. You see, "SUGAR" is defined as refined, white, table sugar, or sucrose. But, there are a LOT of different 'sugars' out there. What they are saying is that it doesn't contain sucrose. The easy way to tell, is that if it says it "is not a reduced calorie food", then it DOES contain sugar! Oh, as I said, no sucrose. But it will have lactose (milk sugar), or dextrose (a fruit sugar - grapes), or - well, this explains it much better than I can:
There are many kinds of primary sugars:
Each plays a different nutritional role in our body. For instance, when you eat foods containing single sugars (glucose, fructose and galactose), they are absorbed directly into our blood. When you eat double sugars (lactose, maltose and sucrose), they must be digested first, which then causes a chain of chemical reactions.
Sugars derived from fruits, vegetables and whole grains are vastly different than concentrated sugars (dextrose, sucrose and high-fructose corn syrup) found in refined foods, soda and candy.
Sugar tastes good and offers quick energy, but itís not really good for you. White sugar and refined sugars are especially not good for you, because this kind of sugar is consumed in such massive quantities, contains no vitamins or minerals, is loaded with calories and can be addictive.
Life is about balance. A little sugar is Ok, but too much sugar is a significant health risk.
The side-effect of sugar consumption in excess is weight gain. If you are overweight, the chances are you got that way by consuming refined carbohydrates.
So, you see, you can NOT always believe the packaging. Because they have a legal definition of 'sugar' that only covers one type, and the others don't count. Unless, of course, you are counting your calories or watching your blood sugar. Then, they DO count.
We really need for manufacturers to be more specific in a LOT of ways. In my humble opinion, "SUGAR FREE" should mean just that - NO sugar, of any kind!