If you want to lose weight or improve your health, you probably know that cutting back on sugar will help. But reducing intake of table sugar is not enough, there are so many foods with hidden sugar.
You see, research shows that 75 percent of all processed foods have added sugar. So there’s a huge possibility you’re consuming more sugar than you think. And reading food labels doesn’t mean you’re safe, companies use food labeling tricks to hide sugar and other unhealthy ingredients.
Here are 7 foods that might be increasing your sugar intake unknowingly.
Drinking juice squeezed from fruits is totally different from eating fruits. Even though fruit juice may have a few nutrients, for the most part it’s just sugar and water, without fiber.
In fact, fresh juice has the same amount of sugar as concentrated juices. But it’s the lesser of two evils since it doesn’t contain chemicals.
The amount of sugar in beef jerky will depend on the brand. One bag of beef jerky can contain up to 32 grams (8 teaspoons) of sugar. If you want to eat this high protein snack, buy brands that add the least amount of sugar and sodium.
Bottled sauces and dressings
You’ll be surprised by the amount of sugar in sauces and dressings. A 2 tablespoon serving of regular sauce contains 24 grams (6 teaspoons) of sugar. In fact, calories from sauces can quickly add up and make it harder to lose weight.
The best food additive options include, hot sauce, vinegar, herbs and spices. These will add flavor to your food without adding lots of calories.
Protein and energy bars are loaded with sweeteners like corn syrup, honey, brown sugar, and so on. And despite having lots of proteins and nutrients, the sugar in them can do a lot of damage.
Your best bet is to eat homemade energy bars. You’ll have complete control of the amount of sugar to add.
You’ll notice that some loaves are sweet while other a stale. Some brands leave out sweeteners while others add a lot of sugar. Some bread brands have 5 grams of sugar per slice.
You don’t have to completely eliminate bread from your diet, unless you’re gluten intolerant. Just make sure you read the labels and choose the sugar-free bread.
The amount of sugar will depend on the meal and any sauce that may be added. Some frozen meals contain up to 8 tablespoons of sugar per serving.
The low-fat foods aren’t good for you either. You see, when fat is removed from food, the food becomes less tasty, so manufacturers add more sugar to make up for the low fat. Cooking your own meals is the only way you’re guaranteed to avoid excess sugar.
Even though yoghurt is rich in protein and calcium, an 8-ounce serving can contain 7 teaspoons of sugar. The best yoghurt option is plain greek yoghurt, since it doesn’t contain sugar.
Reducing the intake of these foods will definitely lower the amount of sugar and calories you consume.