If you think you don’t really eat much of sugar, think again. Sugar is one of the most easily concealed ingredients of our food, especially processed and packaged one.
Research shows that many of the food and drink products we consume every day use up our sugar allowance in one fell swoop while others actually exceed the amount of sugar you should have during the entire day.
Yet as consumers try to avoid sugar in food, companies have gotten wise to that and have started to disguise the sugar in their products, so it’s not as apparent how much sugar you are consuming–but don’t be fooled.
‘Sugar’ is seen on the label as a long list in many different forms you should be aware of.
Surprisingly, more than 60% foods have sugar.
In abnormally high amounts! The American Heart Association recommends men and women to limit their daily intake of sugar to 6-9 teaspoons (20-35 gm) or obesity, heart problems, tooth decay and organ failure will be quick to follow.
Here are 6 surprising sources of hidden sugars:
It it may seem salty and savory, tomato ketchup actually has 4 gm of sugar in a single tablespoon. So if you eat ketchup with your sandwich, pizza, maggi and paratha, your sugar intake just went over the roof.
2. Canned and frozen food
Those pineapple and orange containers you buy have more than 40 gms of sugar in one cup of fruit. Even most frozen foods like smilies, potato bites, and even frozen vegetables like carrots and peas have more than 20 gm of sugar per serving.
Both brown and white bread have hidden sugar. About 500 gm of bread have 25 gm of sugar in it. That’s in all loaves, even the ones that claim to be for diet.
4. Drinks and juices
Energy drinks that promise to boost your adrenaline levels have over 25 gm of sugar in just 230 ml cups. Even packaged fruit juices are high on sugar with apple ones, that seem the lowest in it having 26 gm of sugar per 230 ml.
5. Breakfast cereals
Not just the kid’s chocolate ones, even rice, oat and corn cereals have high sugar, as much as 10-20 gms per cup! Homemade breakfasts like poha and upma are much healthier options.
6. Frozen Yoghurt
They sell it as ‘low fat’ or a ‘healthy alternative to ice cream’, but don’t be fooled. You can pile on as many fresh fruit toppings as you like, but frozen yoghurt itself is as just as bad as eating ice-cream in terms of sugar content. Consider this as a dessert, not a healthy snack.
7. Condiments and Salad Dressing
Ketchup has long been been known to be packed with sugar–around 4g per tablespoon, in fact. But other condiments, like Thousand Island salad dressing, Honey Mustard salad dressing, relish and even spicy salsa can even contain more sugar–one salsa brand has 7 grams of sugar per serving!
h/t: doctor.ndtv.com/living-healthy/top-6-sources-of-hidden-sugars-you-didnt-know-about-1726339 ; legionathletics.com/15-foods-you-wouldnt-expect-to-have-dangerous-amounts-of-sugar/ ; http://eluxemagazine.com/magazine/hidden-sugars-in-10-common-foods/