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Bet You Didn't Know These Food Items Were Loaded With Sugar

Joe Pietaro

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You do your very best to eat a sensible diet that is fairly well balanced. No, you're not a bodybuilding/fitness competitor nor professional athlete, but rather the every day person who goes to the gym and tries to be smart nutrition-wise. So you take an interest in those hard-to-read tiny nutritional facts on the labels, but focus more non calories, fat and carbs. Some foods are obviously higher in sugar, so you either try to avoid them or eat them in moderation. But there are many common items that somehow sneak more sugar in than you would expect, since they aren't the 'usual suspects' nor taste sweet for the most part.

Keep in mind that the recommended daily amount of sugar by the American Heart Association his to not exceed six teaspoons (for women) or nine for men.

Here's a list to give you a good idea of how some foods masque a higher sugar content:

1 - KETCHUP - The great American condiment that is perfect for drowning burgers and french fries in packs nearly four grams of sugar per tablespoon. Now think of how much you use and do the math.

2 - CEREAL - No, we're not talking about Fruit Loops or Cookie Crisp, but more of the 'healthy' type that older folks eat for a higher fiber diet. Some have 10-to-20 grams of sugar per cup; where do they hide it the way these things taste?

3 - INSTANT OATMEAL - Similar to the above, this is another 'sneaky' culprit deep-sixing between 10 and 15 grams of sugar in every packet. And the ones that advertise as reduced sugar? At least five or six grams.

4 - PASTA SAUCE - Not many people use just a little bit of this and many old fashioned Italians will finish every drop by dipping g a piece of bread in the empty dish or bowl and wipe that delicious sauce up. Although it doesn't taste sweet, there are between six and 12 grams of sugar per half cup, depending on the style and/or brand.

5 - YOGURT -
The sugar comes from the fruit flavoring for the most part, but yogurt has always been seen as a good choice to eat healthier. It does cover some of those bases in the calcium and protein departments, but even a small eight ounce cup of yogurt has nearly 20 and in some cases over 30 grams of sugar.

6 - SALAD DRESSING -
Another healthy option are salads, but the dressings are the enemy to make that a moot point. Those tasty ones like French dressing has over five grams in two tablespoons and it's easy to reach and eclipse that even on a small-to-medium bowl off salad. Vinegar and oil are better and have only a single gram in comparison.

7 - COLESLAW -
The diner favorite side dish/appetizer may not taste like it, but one of those small servings has 15 grams of sugar.

8 - ENERGY DRINKS -
Certainly not a surprise that these are fun of sugar, but 25 grams for every eight ounces adds up quickly, especially if you opt for one of those larger cans. A better option is water for hydration and black coffee with no sugar for the wake-up call.
 
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