Surprising Foods that are Loaded with Sugar

Many of us try to watch our sugar consumption by limiting our soda and sweet intake but still struggle with weight loss. When I work with clients I start off by doing a pantry sweep and they are often surprised at how much sugar is hiding in their pantry.

During the low fat diet craze back in the 1980’s, a lot of food manufacturers removed fat and replaced it with sugar. Anytime you reach for a low fat product, you may be unknowingly increasing your sugar consumption.

Foods to Watch
I have a list of foods that I tell my clients to look out for because of high sugar content:
  • Barbecue Sauces
  • Marinades
  • Tomato Sauce
  • Ketchup
  • Yogurt
  • Salad Dressing
Many of the items on the list we use to help enhance the flavor from eating a fat-free diet. Removing fat and replacing it with sugar does not help achieve optimal health. Several of my clients start working with me because all they eat are salads and still continue to gain weight. Most often, the salad dressing is culprit.
Homemade marinades, sauces and dressings can be more flavorful and a healthier option.

Sugar Cubes vs Grams
Looking at a food label and visualizing the weight of a gram is something most of us don’t do when we read food labels. Admittedly I am a visual person. I have this grams to sugar cube scale that I would like to present.

Visualize a stack of sugar cubes as you read the list below:
  • One candy bar with 24 grams of sugar = 6 sugar cubes.
  • One 8.3 oz. can of energy drink = 7 sugar cubes.
  • One cookie with 18 grams of sugar = 4 ½ sugar cubes.
  • One pint of ice cream with 84 grams of sugar = 21 sugar cubes.
I’m sure many of us can imagine sitting down and eating a pint of Ben and Jerry’s Chunky Monkey but imagining that you are eating 21 sugar cubes puts our sugar consumption into perspective!

Doing the sugar cube test, made it easier for me to understand how sugar increases the risk of obesity, heart disease, stroke and diabetes.

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