Before we launched this most recent challenge that started February 6 (go team, week 2 let’s see it through!) everyone had their day(s) of shopping and meal prep. I provide a list of “sneaky sugars” to avoid so that everyone on the team would be able to look beyond the shiny label on the front that screams healthy and sugar free and instead understand the gibberish on the ingredients list.
One of the challengers posted to the group that she found salad dressings that were labeled sugar-free up front… but then when looking at the actual ingredients, found it’s not sugar free after all! These hidden sugars are everywhere and most of the time, these substitutes are even worse than the actual sugar! (My recent blog post following the Super Bowl about Pepsi Zero Sugar, which was just Diet Pepsi re-branded and still full of aspartame talks a whole lot about that!)
Anyway, so today, someone else said to me, hey, did you know that Reese’s had sugar-free peanut butter cups?
My first instinct was that it had hidden sugars, so on this Valentine’s Day when chocolate is the name of the game, I thought we’d dissect this one together.
Let’s take a look, shall we?
Hmm okay, so here we go. Sugar-free right on the label! Let’s take a look under the hood here…
Alrighty folks, so as we can see here…
<—- Ok, really here. That the sugars do in fact, read 0 grams. But let’s take a look at this next line, huh? Sugar alcohols? 20g. Sugar alcohols are types of sweet carbohydrates that are found naturally or processed from other sugars. Let me tell ya, they ain’t doing anything good for ya. By the way, 1 tsp = 4 grams.
Okay, next let’s check out the ingredients:
Houston, we have a problem. Malitol (yes, that’s the source of the sugar alcohols! is the first ingredient on the list.) That means it’s what makes up most of this stuff. Okay we also have lactitiol (lactose also breaks down to glucose) some other things that I’m not sure what they are since they’re acronyms (PGPR) Google tells me they’re emulsifiers…. and sucralose (another sugar alcohol).
Oh, and there was another label on the bag that feels important enough to include here:
Well, that’s pleasant.
I think I’ll just go enjoy my homemade Almond Butter Cups instead… sure, it’s healthier, and I know it at least won’t make me $#!% myself.