5 Surprising Foods That Are full of Sugar
More than 3/4 of the packaged food in our grocery stores are filled with sugar. It’s hard to avoid.
Plus there are 61 different names for sugar, that’s why finding it is difficult.
According to Doctor Oz excess sugar consumption puts your body in danger of many fatal conditions.
Here are some sugary names to watch out for in the ingredient list. Barley malt,beet sugar, cane juice, coconut sugar, corn sweetener, corn syrup, dextrose , fructose, glucose, honey malt syrup, muscovado, panocha, sucrose, and turbinado.
Food manufacturers use multiple types of sugar so that they fall lower on the ingredient list. This trick makes it look like there isn’t a lot of added sugar.
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Even healthy- looking foods can be laden with the sweet stuff,so be your own food detective. to ensure you’re eating quality foods.
Watch Out For These Sugar Tip-Offs
- Natural or “organic” labels These foods may have just as much added sugar. Added sugar is added sugar whether it’s organic or not!
- “No fructose corn syrup ” There are likely other added sugars to replace it.
- Fat free: When fat is taken at,food companies will often add sugar to maintain taste.
When it comes to the amount of added sugar, the American Heart Association recommends no more than nine teaspoons ( 38 grams) of added sugar per day for men and six teaspoons (25 grams) per day for women.
For children the range is three to six teaspoons (12-25 ) depending on their age and calorie needs. This can add up quickly as you’ll see below.
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- Cereal – Okay maybe this one you already knew! But even some of the healthy cereals are laden with sugar. For example bran cereal with raisins has up to four teaspoons of sugar in it.
Many granola cereals have between three and six teaspoons of sugar. How often do we eat only one serving? This means we’re taking in more sugar than what the label tells us.
What to do? Look for cereal with no more than 5 grams of sugar per serving as well as with 3 grams of fiber or more.
2. Spaghetti Sauce – Want some added sugar on your spaghetti? I didn’t think so. Tomatoes and other vegetables contain natural sugar, so the nutrition label will never say “0” grams sugar.
For this reason,go by the ingredient list to determine added sugars. Many sauces have an additional two teaspoons of sugar per serving.
What to do? Reshelve any sauces with sugars in the ingredient list.
3. Yogurt -is a popular food in our diet and yet most yogurts have quite a bit of added sugars. Added sugars in yogurts may come from the fruit mixture.
Which is often nothing more than refined juice with a small smash of sugar-laced fruit ( or other add ins) These yogurts (both Greek and regular) can have 2 to 4 teaspoons of added sugar in them.
What to do ? Go for the plain yogurt and add your own fresh fruit.
4 Condiments – Catsup,barbecue sauce, fat free salad dressing, relish. All of these have added sugar.
And while they may only have an added one to two teaspoons the problem is we eat more than the recommended serving—about one tablespoon.
What to do? If you are going to use condiments with added sugar try to stick with only one serving.
5. Energy drinks – Setting aside other potential dangers of consuming energy drinks ( addiction, withdrawal, high blood pressure ) most energy drinks have seven to 13 teaspoons of sugar added. Yes 13 teaspoons !
What to do ? If you really need a caffeine boost, go for coffee with minimal added ingredients or black or white tea.
Hey guys isn’t it sneaky how much extra sugar you’re consuming. Even if you’re not directly putting a teaspoon in your morning coffee or having dessert. No wonder it’s hard to break the cravings.
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