The Top 5 Foods That Are Hidden Sugar Bombs
It’s sweet, it’s addictive, and it’s everywhere: sugar. We know that too much of it is very harmful to our bodies with effects ranging from tooth cavaties to high blood pressure, obesity and diabetes. The problem with sugar is that it’s very hard to avoid, because it can be found in the seemingly most unlikely foods.
If you think that giving up sweets and soft drinks means your sugar intake is minimal, we have bad news for you. Chances are you are still consuming a lot – and probably too much – of the sweet white stuff. Don’t believe us? Have a look at the following list of hidden sugar bomb foods:
Yoghurt is marketed as a healthy snack option. After all, it’s just milk and fruit, isn’t it? Not quite. An average cup of fruit yoghurt can contain up to five teaspoons of sugar! Especially low-fat yoghurts are notorious sugar bombs so if you can’t live without it, always opt for a natural full cream yoghurt.
Flavoured water and “sports drinks”
The marketing teams of many sports drink companies sure did a good job at convincing people that their sugar-loaded drinks are healthy. Most of them contain three teaspoons of sugar making them more of a soft drink than water.
This one’s a shocker. 100gr of tomato sauce contain a whopping 22gr (five teaspoons) of sugar only topped by BBQ sauce containing 33gr of sugar! Better think twice before adding these sugar traps to you already unhealthy chips.
If you think that a bowl of cereal is a healthy breakfast option, think again. Frosted and honey flavoured cereal contains up to 55gr of sugar per 100gr. That’s 10 teaspoons you potentially eat for breakfast alone!
While eating a mango is still a better choice than a chocolate bar, the yummy fruit contains over three teaspoons of sugar per 100gr. Other sugary fruits include bananas and apples. Berries contain less sugar and are a great, healthy snack.
So if you have some fruit yoghurt and cereal for breakfast, a sports drink on the go, a mango in the afternoon, and a steak with BBQ sauce for dinner, you have easily consumed 15 teaspoons of sugar in a single day. That’s an entire cup of pure sugar and three times the amount of your recommended daily intake.
It might be tricky to avoid sugar, but if you are aware of the hidden traps and always read the label before buying something, you’re on the safe side.