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.
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Much of the problem with sugar is that it is a sneaky ingredient in some foods we’d never expect, making it difficult to monitor our consumption accurately.
In a post on Huffington Post Australia, a nutritionist said sugar is actually more invasive than we think. Nowadays its everywhere, in almost all packaged food.
In this way giving up sugar could seem impossible. Think of foods like bread, barbeque sauce, salad dressing, instant porridge or even muesli bars.
It’s true, sugar doesn’t need to be avoided completely but most of us are consuming too much of it, especially if you take into consideration that the World Health Organisation recommends six teaspoons of added sugar per day and obesity, diabetes and heart diseases are just some of the consequences.
When buying products
Check the ingredients list, the first food mentioned is the most dominant.
Look at overall sugar content, sugar should be less than 20 grams per 100g.
Be good at dividing when keeping track of those 6 daily teaspoons.