In this health-conscious world, sugar is something that most people try to stay away from. Most of us don’t even eat desserts that includes ice cream. After all, health comes first, right? However, there are some foods that we consider healthy but are loaded with sugar.
Here’s a list of some of these foods:
1. Fruit Juices
It’s shocking, but true! Just because it says “juice” on the container, doesn’t mean that it only has one ingredient. Besides even if you’re drinking 100% fruit juice, drink it sparingly. Juicing concentrates the sugar in the fruits, so all of the fiber (pulp) is stripped away. It provides the same sense of fullness, and the sugar is absorbed into the bloodstream faster.
2. Cold Cereal
Cereal is one the most popular breakfasts, but most brands offer limited nutritional value. They’re stripped of vitamins and minerals, so their sugar content is often too high. And just because it says “100% grains,” that doesn’t necessarily mean they’re whole grains. Avoid buying cereals with a sugar content of more than 12 grams per serving.
Here’s a good rule of thumb: Avoid the ones on the lower shelves. They’re strategically positioned to catch the attention of small children.
3. Snacks and Diet Bars
Having that diet bar before your lunch might save you some calories, and it might even fill you up with some appetite-curbing protein. But more frequently, they’re loaded with sugar in the form of honey, agave, brown sugar, and evaporated cane juice. Don’t believe the hype; the above words are just fancy names for sugar.
When you eat a ton of sugar, most of it is metabolized by our liver, converted to fat, and stored. Hence, it stays on the body. Thus, instead of making you lose those extra few inches, you’re just adding a little more to your waist.
4. Canned Fruits
Fruit is naturally sweet, and it doesn’t need any added sugar or any “sugar-based flavor enhancers” (such as the fruit juice, nectar, or honey, which are often seen on packaging). Also, certain nutrients (such as vitamin C) are heat-sensitive, so they get destroyed in the canning process. Hence, it’s better to eat natural fruit.
Even if you do need to buy canned fruits, choose ones canned in water or their own juices. The syrup only adds extra calories (and more sugar) to your system.
5. Jarred Tomato Sauce
Spaghetti and meatballs sounds like a delicious dinner, doesn’t it? Well, the average marinara sauce or canned tomato sauce contains as much sugar as the average chocolate bar (around six tablespoons).
6. Dried Fruit
They may be tasty snacks that add some crunch and texture to your morning cereal, but they’re packed with a serious caloric crunch. To put things in perspective, a small box of raisins contains 25 grams of sugar; that’s about as much as half a cup of your favorite ice cream! Yes, it’s not the same as refined sugar, but it’s still sugar. So it can cause a sugar spike.
7. Canned Baked Beans
They’re easy and quick to make and packed with proteins. But more often than not, they contain sugar or molasses. In fact, one serving of baked beans contains as much as three teaspoons of sugar.
For a healthier version, try canned black beans. They contain loads of fiber and potassium, and they’re filled with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.
8. Flavoured Yogurt
No way! Of course, yogurt is a healthy, delicious dessert, but most yogurts contain so much sugar that the body stores it as fat. Yes, even products dubbed as “low-fat” add sugar to your body. Did you know that some yogurts contain as much as 40 grams of sugar in one serving?
9. Ketchup and Barbecue Sauce
Sorry to inform you, but these two condiments are loaded with sugar. Just two tablespoons of these sauces contain about 14 grams of sugar. Wondering why you never see “sugar” on the packaging? It’s because it’s often labeled as “corn syrup,” which is the same thing as sugar.