The Sugar War

If you have pricked yourself to check your blood, you will know how difficult it is to cheat on the sugar level. I almost had gestational diabetes when I was pregnant with my youngest baby. It was a harrowing experience getting my fingers pricked a few hours apart.

At the end of the day, almost every one of my fingers were poked to draw blood. The other thing is the glucose drink I had to take which was really sweet. There was no escape with the blood sugar test because the numbers spiked each time.

Using this same method, University of Sydney research made a study on the Glycemic Load (GL) of growing up milk powders (GUMP) in Malaysia and discovered the high content of added sugars in many of the leading brands of milk.

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Although many of the GUMP in Malaysia claim to be low sugar; no sucrose; less sweet etc, a lot of hidden sugars are disguised in various other names. These claims are misleading because they focus on a single type of added sugar (sucrose), while ignoring others (glucose syrup solids, corn syrup solids, dextrin, and maltodextrin).

Some of the local newspapers and health magazine have revealed these studies and apparently many local brands of GUMP are found to be high in added sugars. Needless to say, the effects on our children will be indeed be worrying. If our child has taken in that much of added sugars at a young age, I wonder what will happened to them when they are older?

Chronic diseases are so rampant nowadays. People get all sorts of illness at a much younger age and studies have shown that a diet high in added sugars is one of the causes. That’s why it is so important that we ensure our children are not loaded with unnecessary added sugars for their own health.

To give you a better idea about GL and how growing up milk measures up in terms of hidden sugars content, you can check out this newsletter from the University of Sydney at If you have a child relying on growing up milk, do check out which growing up milk will be best for your child. Find the one with the lowest sugar content. Do not be misled with labels that still have hidden sugars. Go for one that is proven to have absolutely no added sugars – that is Anmum Essential.