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.
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.
Did you know that giving up sugar offers almost immediate benefits for your health?
In a recent study involving children, cutting down sugar resulted in significant health improvements in just 9 days.
According to a professor of clinical pediatrics at the University of California, sugar is toxic and being an expert on childhood obesity, he set out to research the impact of reducing sugar on 43 obese children between the ages of 9 and 18.
Among them, there were children suffering from at least one chronic disorder such as high blood pressure.
Results showed a drop in cholesterol and blood pressure levels, better blood glucose levels and improved liver function over a period of 9 days, surprising given the short timeframe.
We all know by now that too much sugar can lead to high cholesterol, high blood sugar and lead to greater risks of cancer, diabetes and heart disease so removing sugar from your diet is the first step of taking control of your diet and your health.
It is useful to identify the harmful sugars which are artificially made and those that are naturally occurring so that you can cut out the bad ones.
Fibre and antioxidants can be found in naturally occurring sugars so they are better for your health.