One of the biggest topics today is “added sugars”.
Added Sugars appear in foods we use everyday. And, unless you have learned to really look at product labels – you may be getting a lot more sugar than you realize. And, the food or product you are eating may not be “sweet”.
One of the big questions I get is “How many teaspoons of sugar should we be eating each day?” Well, according to the American Heart Association, 6 tsp for women and 9 tsp for men.
Here are some foods that hide extra sugar:
LOW FAT YOGURT – some of these have more than 45 g of sugar which is 11 teaspoons. Be sure to read your labels and look for “added sugars”….this is where they may be hiding.
BBQ SAUCE – Although tasty, 33% of the weight of BBQ sauce may be PURE sugar!
KETCHUP – One of THE most popular condiments, a single tablespoon contains 1 teaspoon of sugar.
FRUIT JUICE – While it does contain some vitamins and minerals, most are very high in sugar content. Always look for 100% pure juice when buying juices.
SPAGHETTI SAUCE – This may be a bit confusing as we don’t tend to think of this sauce as “sweet”. Aim for a sauce that, at the very worst, has sugar listed at the BOTTOM of the ingredient list.
SPORTS DRINKS – In a standard 20 ounce bottle, you may get more than 32.5 g of added sugar. It’s quite close to a soft drink.
CHOCOLATE MILK – while milk is nutritious, in 1 cup of chocolate milk is almost 12 extra grams of added sugar.
GRANOLA – This is marketing as a “healthy” snack. The reality is…100 g of granola can contain 400-500 calories and nearly 7 teaspoons of sugar.
PRE-MADE SOUP: Soup is something we generally don’t associate with “sweets” or “sugars”. However, the soups you buy at the market may have lots of ingredients that you don’t want to eat. Be sure to look at the ingredient list and make sure non of the following are listed:
sucrose, barley malt, dextrose, maltose, high fructose corn syrup and other syrups.
Try to stick with clear broths as opposed to thick, creamy soups.
What are some of the soups you buy? Are there “added sugars”?