It May Surprise You But These Foods are Packed With Sugar

Sugar word cloud concept
Sugar word cloud concept

If you’ve made the decision to cut your sugar intake, recognising the risks of too much sugar in your diet, it may surprise you to learn about a number of foods which you probably didn’t even know where bad for you. Sweets and cakes aren’t the only foods loaded with sugar, there are some foods disguised as “healthy” that actually have a pretty high sugar content.

The main culprits are

  1. Sauces such as BBQ, marinara, tomato sauce and salad dressing: between -22 grams per serving
  2. Peanut butter:  4 grams per two tablespoon serving
  3. Packaged cereals:  Some “healthier” varieties contain 18 grams of sugar per serving
  4. Oatmeal:  Flavoured versions can contain 12 grams of sugar per serving
  5. Flavoured yogurt: Up to 18 grams of sugar per serving—more than a serving of ice cream.




Evaporated Cane Juice is Still Sugar

sugarAn article on recently warned us not to be fooled by food labels, in particular those that replace the word sugar with the more healthy sounding “evaporated cane juice”.

Because more and more people are becoming sceptical about sugar content, due to their awareness of the risks associated with excessive sugar consumption, the word sugar is being replace with the greener and fresher souning evaporated cane juice, but been warned, it is still sugar.

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Do You Really Know How Much Sugar You’re Eating

fdaIn The United States Michelle Obama on behalf of The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has introduced new nutrition labels that include calorie counts in oversize lettering.

Labels also include a line detailing the quantity of added sugars contained in packaged foods.

This is a significant development given that it has been proven that cane and beet sugars that added to foods are causing many diseases from obesity to heart disease and diabetes.

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How Much Sugar Should We Really be Eating?

honeyWe are all aware that consuming too much energy from fat or carbohydrates including sugar will cause you to gain weight but sometimes its the sneaky sugars that we aren’t aware of that do the most damage.

This is important because if we don’t pay attention the excess weight will increase your risk of lifestyle related diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and cancer.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) recommends that we limit our intake of “free sugars” to less than 10 per cent of our total energy intake, although ideally 5% would be best for our health.

Some of the foods that contain free sugars include sucrose or table sugar, as well as naturally present sugars in honey, syrups, fruit juices etc.

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How Much Sugar Are We Really Consuming


Figures from the ABS reveal that Australians are consuming more sugar than ever before, despite the onslaught  of messages about the risks of a high sugar diet.

And it seems the problem is even worse in teenagers.

There is now specific dietary data that details exactly where these sugars in our diet are originating and the situation is not surprising. Soft drinks and fruit juice are 2 of the main culprits.

The World Health Organisation has recommended our sugar consumption only make up 5 per cent of our total daily calorie intake, that equals around 6 teaspoons of sugar a day.

According to statistics teenage males are consuming the most sugar in Australia.

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Australians Cut Down on Sugar but Love of Honey Worrying

honeyA new study found that Australians may be cutting down on sugar, which is good, but they are opting for “natural sugar substitutes” like honey.

It’s good that we’re avoiding artificial sweeteners, sugary foods and drinks and fatty meats and dairy products but research firm Ipsos found that consumers are still buying too much natural sugars such as honey, which in excess  can be just as harmful.

Alarmingly the latest data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics shows more than half of all Australians are exceeding World Health Organisation’s recommendations to have less than 13 teaspoons of sugar a day. This includes honey and sugar naturally present in fruit juice.

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Sugar Tax Could be Life Saving

sugarSince the UK introduced their soft drinks sugar levy, there’s been a lot of talk about doing the same here in Australia.

According to researchers a 20 per cent tax on sugar-sweetened drinks could save more than 1600 lives. It could also raise $400 million a year for health initiatives.

The study, jointly undertaken by the Obesity Policy Coalition and the University of Queensland’s School of Public Health is the first to show impact of a sugary drinks tax.

In the first 25 years of the introduction of the sugary drinks tax, there could be 16,000 less cases of type 2 diabetes and 4400 fewer cases of heart disease. The number of stroke cases would also decline, by an estimated 1000 cases.  Read more: