One of the things that people of all ages generally try to cut back on – whether by choice or by force – is sugar. Diabetic or not, most people regulate their sugar intake as it may lead to a variety of health conditions that we would like to prevent. It is also perhaps the most difficult food component to shy away from, owing to the fact that, more often than not, it is the dish with sugar that tastes sooooo good and that we normally crave for.
It can be rather easy to at least try to stay away from foods that are well-known for their sugar content: candy bars, cakes, ice cream and cookie mixes. What can be difficult to stay away from are unlikely foods that contain sugar – naturally or otherwise. The WebMD feature Sugar Shockers shares some of these I-didn’t-know-this-had-sugar foods that you might be unwittingly consuming on a regular basis.
Again, this is a good reason for us to really take a look at nutrition facts on the labels so that we know exactly what is in what we are buying. As a quick-convert tip, a teaspoon of granulated sugar is equal to 4 grams of sugar. Do not be easily attracted to “25% less sugar” or “fat-free” announcements on the food labels; stick to the facts, no exceptions.
Among the items in the sugar-shocker list are snack puddings and healthy-sounding fruit snack pies. Instant cereal, such as those from Quaker Oats, are also on the list; and while it may not surprise us that Froot Loops or Cap’n Crunch are laden with sugar, it might surprise you that the seemingly healthier cereals like Toasted Oat and Cracklin’ Oat Bran also have considerable sugar content.
And just because sweetness is not its main attraction doesn’t mean it is low on the sugar: some varieties of bottled spaghetti sauce and barbecue sauce also have their fair share of sugar, so do seemingly healthy beverages like bottled Green Tea and anti-oxidant water.