-Many foods that are marked as healthy contain a lot of sugar.
-“Low-fat” foods often replace the fat with extra sugar.
1. LOW FAT YOGURT
When a brand’s recipe removes fat from yogurt, they have to supplement the flavor somehow. They use sugar as a substitute which explains why a serving of low-fat yogurt could have close to 30 grams of sugar.
2. BALSAMIC VINEGAR
Companies usually start with white wine vinegar and add caramel coloring for both color and sweetness. Even worse, cornstarch and xanthan gum are normally included to thicken the liquid, and both of these ingredients increase the sugar content.
3. BREAKFAST CEREAL
You would think the cereals such as Fruit Loops and Cocoa Pebbles are the worst right? Well one cup of Raisin Bran has 18 grams of sugar!
This sugar comes from the dried fruit as well as the flakes with the addition of corn syrup, high fructose corn syrup, and invert sugar(this sugar helps products avoid crystallization).
4. BARBECUE SAUCE
The sweetness in BBQ sauce isn’t just from the tomatoes, but also from the molasses and corn syrup that the companies sneak in there! Sweet Baby Ray’s included pineapple juice concentrate too, making it contain 14 grams of sugar just in 2 tablespoons of BBQ sauce!
5. CANNED FRUIT
Fruit in its natural state already has a lot of sugar. If possible, limit your intake and avoid anything canned. These canned fruits are almost always kept in a syrup that’s loaded with added sugars, like high fructose corn syrup and artificial coloring.
6. WHOLE GRAIN BREAD
Buying whole grain bread instead of white slices isn’t exactly better. Many loaves come sweetened with honey(not too bad) but others are doctored to taste better and can include high fructose corn syrup, GMO sugars(like ones made from sugar beets) or sucralose (the artificial sweetener you know better as Splenda).
7. PEANUT BUTTER
Many leading brands are packed with sugary sweeteners in the form of white sugar, cane syrup or coconut palm sugar. One spoonful can have 2 grams of sugar!
8. PROTEIN BARS
The shadiest thing about these bars is that you’ll find grams of sugar hidden beyond what is listed in the sugar section. They include sugar alcohol which is classified as a carbohydrate. It’s altered through a chemical process that turns it into a sugar substitute that can sweeten food and also keep it moist. So what this means is that you could be consuming at least 20 grams of sugar!
So when buying foods, make sure to look out for those hidden sugars!