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This is another clear no brainer.

By law, manufacturers are required to list ingredients by weight. So if the top three ingredients contain sugar, you can bet it's a significant part of the product.

(As a side note, I'm reaching a point where I wince at using the word product. I don't want product, I want food dangit!)

Now this seems clear and simple. Sugar is a treat food, plain and simple. It's not something the human body is used to consuming in bulk, it's designed as a source of quick energy, and bottom line is we eat way too much of in the US.

Thing is, the manufacturers are sneaky. There's a lot of ways to hide sugar. For example, this is a list of different types of sugar.

  1. Barley malt
  2. Beet sugar
  3. Brown sugar
  4. Buttered syrup
  5. Cane juice crystals
  6. Cane sugar
  7. Caramel
  8. Corn syrup
  9. Corn syrup solids
  10. Confectioner’s sugar
  11. Carob syrup
  12. Castor sugar
  13. Date sugar
  14. Demerara sugar
  15. Dextran
  16. Dextrose
  17. Diastatic malt
  18. Diatase
  19. Ethyl maltol
  20. Fructose
  21. Fruit juice
  22. Fruit juice concentrate
  23. Galactose
  24. Glucose
  25. Glucose solids
  26. Golden sugar
  27. Golden syrup
  28. Grape sugar
  29. High fructose corn syrup
  30. Honey
  31. Icing sugar
  32. Invert sugar
  33. Lactose
  34. Maltodextrin
  35. Maltose
  36. Malt syrup
  37. Maple syrup
  38. Molasses
  39. Muscovado sugar
  40. Panocha
  41. Raw sugar
  42. Refiner’s syrup
  43. Rice syrup
  44. Sorbitol
  45. Sorghum syrup
  46. Sucrose
  47. Sugar
  48. Treacle
  49. Turbinado sugar
  50. Yellow sugar

I imagine some of those caught your attention. Take a look at the boxes you have in the house again. Do you see rice syrup listed in the first three ingredients for a child breakfast cereal? Guess what- sugar. Yes it's "healthy", yes it's organic. It's still sugar, still in the top three ingredients and still needs to go the way of the dodo.

With that out of the way, I'm pleased to note that workouts are stringing together nicely. I've got a good rotation of daily walking combined with resistance work and interval training going. The battle with the dinner table still isn't getting easier. I think I'm about to institute a no television rule to go along with the must eat at a table rule.