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The Sugars Hiding in Our FoodStaying away from sugar is one of the first things you are suggested to do, when you are trying to lose weight. Sugars are an easy way to add on unnecessary calories to your diet and on top of that they can rot your teeth and lead to diabetes as well.
The most important thing to do is avoid sugar where you can, not only in the foods you expect it to be in, but also in those foods you might not.
We all expect candy bars, desserts, sodas and other traditional sugary things to be full of, well, sugar – but there are many sly foods out there that hide huge amounts of sugar that we don’t know about. And while it’s important to always eat healthily, here are ten culprits worth looking out for.
- Canned or packaged fruit. You wouldn’t expect these products to be very high in sugar, but sugar is often added to these in order to make them taste better, even though fruit is perfectly tasty as it is. Even products that are in ‘light syrup’ should be watched out for.
- Pudding and pudding cups. These products, mostly aimed at children can be packed full of sugar. A tiny snack-sized portion of pudding can pack in up to 20 grams or more of sugar.
- Snack cakes and pies. As you might expect – many of these products are incredibly high in sugar. Twinkies, Ho Hos and Ding Dongs are incredibly high in sugar.
- Muffin mixes. You may think that by buying muffin mix, you are doing something good for your family or yourself. Baking is meant to be a great thing, but not when what you are baking is packed with sugar. One muffin’s worth of mix can contain up to 15 grams of sugar.
- Prepared muffins. Muffins seem to be quite the culprit here. The thing is – even though muffins are often marketed as ‘healthy’ snacks, in fact – they’re not that far off from cakes. They just have slightly different ingredients.
- Cereal Bars and cookies that are marketed as being healthy. Cereal bars you might think are better than candy bars. They might be, but not by much.
- Instant hot cereal. While these cereals can be a lifesaver when you’re in a rush in the morning, you need to think about what you’re actually putting into your body. Many are packed full of sugar – that’s why they often taste so good.
- Regular cereals. Even the cereals out there that sound healthy can be packed full of sugar. We all know of the usual suspects when it comes to sugary cereals, but always check on the back of the box.
- Barbecue sauce. It tastes good and it makes your meat taste great on the barbecue, but it’s also full of sugar.
- Yogurt. Yogurt is without a doubt, a healthy food, but many yogurts are so full of sugar that it nullifies any good that the cultures of the yogurt may do for you. Rather use a sugar-free yogurt, then add the fruit that appeals to you.