Eat a carton of flavored yogurt and you might as well eat a CANDY BAR-yup.
Despite the small carton size and association as a healthy food, a typical low-fat strawberry yogurt can contain 26 grams of sugar per serving. How can a wholesome bowl of oatmeal have too much sugar? Oatmeal on its own is healthy, but some packaged instant oatmeal varieties have upwards of 14 grams of sugar per packet! Creamy fat-free or low-fat salad dressing seems like a great alternative when you’re watching your weight, but unfortunately, when fat is removed, it’s almost always replaced with sugar. Some versions can contain as much as 12 grams of sugar in two tablespoons. When 3 p.m. slump rolls around, we may reach for a sports or energy drink-not because previous generations never needed them. However, today they promise to boost our energy, but the boost comes from sugar and caffeine. It’s not uncommon for a one serving to contain 14 or more grams of sugar. These drinks were meant for people who just completed an intense workout of 60 minutes or more, or an endurance run of 90 minutes or more. In some countries they are banned!
All cow’s milk has naturally occurring lactose, but non-dairy milk offerings can be loaded with added sugars. Some varieties of soy milk for example, can contain up to 14 grams of added sugar. If you’re trying to limit foods high in sugar or have lactose intolerance, look for unsweetened or ‘light’ varieties. Surely, a fruit or veggie smoothie is healthier than a can of soda, right? Not always. ‘Smoothies are another source of sugar that we sometimes forget about because they’re packed with fruits and other ingredients that benefit our health. But what appears to be a healthy beverage may have sweeteners added to enhance the natural flavor. Some may contain a whopping 60 to 70 grams of sugar. Granola is one of the original health foods, right? After all, what could be more natural (and nutritious) than fruit, berries, seeds, and whole grains? ‘Don’t let the ‘natural’ label fool you. Added sugars like maple syrup, molasses, and honey—and lots of it. If you’re a fan of granola, look for brands with fewer grams of sugar and more grams of fiber. ‘Fiber helps slow the absorption of simple carbohydrates, or sugar. So, read what’s in the package and eat better-now you know.
Article credit: Reader’s Digest.CA
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