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