Too much of anything is not good for our health. Especially consuming too much food and drinks that are high in sugar; this can lead to diseases like diabetes. A lot of us are carefully watching our consumption, but there are some food and drinks we wouldn’t expect to contain lots of sugar. We only expect that it needs to be sweet for the food to be considered as high in sugar. Some products that are labeled as “low-fat” and “light” actually contains more sugar than the regular one’s. So here are food and drinks you didn’t know that contains too much sugar:
- “Low-Fat Yogurt”
Although yogurt is rich in nutrients, not all of them are good for you. There are a lot of so called low-fat yogurts that has too much sugar in them to enhance their flavor. A single cup can contain as much as 47 grams of sugar. Its better to have full-fat or Greek yogurt since it has more nutrients compared to low-fat and yogurt that has been sweetened with sugar.
This is unexpected for most of us, but this popular condiment is actually rich in sugar. Keep your portions smaller when using ketchup. A tablespoon of ketchup contains 1 teaspoon of sugar.
- Sports Drinks
These may seem to be a healthy option for most of us who are into an active lifestyle and sports. Although they are designed to hydrate and fuel the body, sport drinks actually has added sugars in them that are absorbed and used for energy. They are categorized as “sugary drinks” like soda and fruit juice, and are linked to obesity and metabolic disease. A 20-oz bottle can have 32 grams of sugar and 159 calories. It’s better to stick with water when you exercise, unless you’re an elite athlete or running a marathon.
Even though it is high in calories and sugar granola is often marketed as a low-fat health food. It contains oats as the main ingredient which has protein, fiber, carbs and fat. Despite that granola also contains honey and other sweeteners that add up to the amount of sugar and calories. 100 grams of granola can have as much as 6 teaspoons of sugar. Choose granola that has less sugar or try making your own. Mix it with fruits or yogurt, rather than consuming the whole bowl.
- Protein Bars
These are really popular with fitness and health buffs. Protein rich food can make you feel fuller and help in weight loss. There are many healthier protein bars we can find, many still has up to 30 grams of sugar in them, also like to a candy bar. Choose a protein bar with less sugar or opt for high protein food instead.
- Canned Fruits
Fruits have natural sugars in them. Canned fruits are sometimes peeled and added with sugary syrups to preserve them. Despite being a healthy snack, the process actually lessens the fiber in the fruit and increase the amount of unnecessary sugar in them. Canning also destroys Vitamin C since its heat-sensitive. Having a whole, fresh fruit is better than eating canned one’s. Opt for canned fruit preserved in juice rather than syrup, since it has lower sugar content.
- Barbecue Sauce
Popularly used as a marinade and even as a dip, barbecue sauce contains sugar as well. 2 tablespoons of it can have 14 grams of sugar. Also as much as 40% of the weight of a barbecue sauce maybe pure sugar. Use it in moderation so that you won’t consume too much sugar. Check the labels and choose the sauce with lesser amounts of sugar in them.
- Breakfast Cereals
Cereals are an easy option for a fast and easy breakfast meal. Eating it every day can increase your sugar consumption. Cereals that are made for children have high amounts of sugar in them, as much as 12 grams for a small 1 ounce box. Choose a cereal that is high in fiber and doesn’t contain added sugar.
- Spaghetti Sauce
There is added sugar in unassuming food like spaghetti sauce. Since they’re mostly made from tomatoes, they contain natural sugar in them, but most sauces have extra sugar in their ingredients. Always check the label and choose the one that doesn’t have sugar in the ingredients.
- Iced Tea
It is usually chilled tea sweetened with sugar or flavored with syrup. Commercially prepared iced teas will contain around 33 grams of sugar per 12 oz serving, which is equivalent to a can of Coke.