"Sugar is poison," said Gloria Swanson (1). Sugar is addictive. Sugar is ubiquitous. Did you know there's sugar in toothpaste? Think about that. Just as an exercise in awareness, the next time you go to the supermarket, check the ingredients lists of the foods you buy and look for the presence of sugars and other sweeteners, "natural" and chemical. Notice how close to the top of the list the sugar (or sugars) are. That will tell you that there is more sugar than any of the ingredients following. Think you are not eating much sugar? Think again.
To help you recognize what things are sugars, here is a partial list of all the names that sugar comes under (adapted from "The 99 Names of Sugar," Food Addicts Anonymous, Inc.):
All-natural sweetener (cane sugar is a natural substance that has been highly refined)
Brown rice syrup
Clarified grape juice
Cncentrated fruit juices
Confectioner's (or powdered) sugar
Dark brown sugar
Dehydrated cane juice
Dried fruits such as dates, raisins, figs, apricots
Evaporated cane juice
Fructooligo saccharides (FOS)
Fruit juice concentrate
Granulated, fine, or extra fine sugar
High-fructose corn syrup
Hydrogenated glucose syrup
-ides, any additive with this suffix: saccharides, trisaccharides, etc.
Invert sugar syrup
Light brown sugar
Malt (any kind)
Malted grains (corn, barley, rice)
Mono- and disaccarides
Natrual cane sweetener
Natural fruit concentrates
Naturally malted organic corn and barley extract
Nectar (any kind)
-ol, any additive with this suffix: mannitol, sorbitol, inversol, hexitol, etc.
Organic brown rice syrup
Organic malted cereal strup: barley, corn, oat, rice
-ose, any additive with this suffix: manose, polydextrose, polytose, ribose, zylose, etc.
Pure natural sweetener
Raisin juice concentrate
Ribbon cane syrup
Sugar (any type)
Superfine, ultrafine, or bar sugar
Unbleached water-filtered beet sugar
White grape juice
Sort of makes you queasy just reading this list, doesn't it? I added a few more names to the original list which was published in 1993. You have to admire the inventiveness of man in coming up with all these various compounds and the also the many ways to hide the fact that our food is full of sugar. BTW, I am not a member of the FAA and I am not endorsing their program. In fact, I got their list from Mildred Seelig's book, The Magnesium Factor, and I can recommend that.
OK, you say, I know that refined white sugar has no nutritive value, but it just passes through, doesn't it? It doesn't cause any harm. Wrong. At the least, it causes our bodies to lose precious magnesium and potassium and it also causes insulin levels to rise which can lead to a host of other problems. At the worst... well, look it up for yourself. If you can manage to limit your sugar intake, you will find that you get your normal taste buds back. Sweet peppers actually do taste sweet and even broccoli tastes sweet. Another book I can recommend which talks about this subject along with a lot of other things is Michael and Mary Dan Eades's, Protein Power Lifeplan.