10 Hidden Sugar Bombs Hiding in Your Kitchen
In 1822, it took the average American consumed up to two teaspoons of sugar a day. Today, we eat 10 to 12 teaspoons every 7 hours (33 teaspoons a day, or 550 calories.)
Cutting out sugar is trendy right now — Tom Hanks and Alec Baldwin are supposedly doing it, and for good reason.
A sugary diet is proven to cause cavities and weight gain. But the recent correlation between sugar and heart disease is alarming.
A 15-year study followed participants whose sugar intake was 25% or more of their daily calorie intake. These subjects are over twice as likely to die from heart disease than those whose diet contained under 10% added sugar.
I’m 100% for eliminating sugar from your diet. But dang it’s tough.
If you’re thinking of quitting sugar, you should know, it’s like the Kardashians on TMZ. EVERYWHERE.
Quitting sugar takes a serious amount of mental focus, and it doesn’t help that food brands leverage our sugar addiction by spiking everything from tomato sauce to salads.
While going cold-turkey on sugar is a great idea, you can make huge strides just by cutting the hidden sugars from your diet.
Here are 10 foods in your kitchen you might not know are secret sugar bombs.
Skip flavored Yoplait and opt-in to full-fat, plain Greek Yogurt. You can add your own delicious flavoring like nuts, vanilla, cinnamon, or sugar-free jam. Plain yogurt also makes an incredible sour cream substitute for potatoes or chili.
Ketchup and BBQ Sauce
These foods compliment salty meat dishes so well because they’re packed with sugar. Consider whipping up your own condiments at home, or just squeeze mustard on your burger instead.
Flavored packages of oatmeal almost always have ‘evaporated cane juice’ somewhere in the ingredient label.
Almond and Soy Milk
Any ‘milk’ subsitute du jour is potential sugar land-mine. Remember to grab the ‘unsweetened’ bottle off the shelf, and check for added sugar.
Pasta Sauce, Canned Tomatoes, and Ketchup
Jars of pasta sauce can have as much sugar as a pop-tart. Be sure to read the label first, or whip up your own recipe at home.
Canned Fruit, Dried Fruit, Apple Sauce
Apples are already rich in natural sugars, so unsweetened brands like Santa Cruz Apple Sauce will taste just as delicious, but without the corn syrup.
Jam & Jelly
This can be an easy one to avoid with a quick glance at the label.
Bottled Tea and Fruit Juice
So-called ‘health’ drinks and teas from Arizona, Snapple, and SoBe are brimming with the sweet stuff. Chug at your own risk.
This category includes frozen pizza, microwave dinners, soups, and even chili. If someone else has prepared a store-bought meal for you, it probably means a little extra sugar or salt has been thrown in for flavor.
The salad dressing and condiment aisle at the grocery store is a veritable nightmare of extraneous sweeteners.