Many people try to keep their family eating right, but did you know that many foods contain hidden sugars? Some foods that you would not even consider to be sweet are actually higher in sugar than traditional “sweets.” Even products marketed as “light” or “low-fat” frequently contain more of the sweet, tooth-damaging stuff than the regular varieties.
Seven high-sugar foods (and one drink) that may surprise you
Granola is often marketed as a low-fat health food. However, while plain rolled oats are a well-balanced cereal, the oats in granola are combined with nuts, honey, or other added sweeteners. 100 grams of granola contains nearly 400 calories and over 6 teaspoons of sugar.
Baked Beans are a relatively healthy meat alternative, but one serving of baked beans can have more than 10 grams of sugar. If you like baked beans, you can seek out lighter versions.
Low-Fat Yogurt may have as much as 14 grams per serving, depending on the brand. Like many other low-fat products, low-fat yogurts have sweetness added to enhance flavor. For example, one single cup of low-fat yogurt can contain up to 47 grams of sugar. That is equal to 12 teaspoons! Read nutrition labels when selecting yogurt.
BBQ Sauce in the bottled grocery aisle may have 5 grams in one serving. That may not sound like much, but few of us measure our sauce to just one tablespoon. A hearty serving on a burger or chicken breast could quickly add up to excess.
Pre-Made Soup has a lot of added ingredients, including the sweet stuff. For example, a leading brand canned tomato bisque has 24 grams of sugar. On a side note, pre-made soup is usually very high in sodium as well. Always choose soups made with fresh ingredients and vegetables. Avoid the canned versions.
Breakfast Cereal, even when marketed as a healthy option, may contain heavy amounts of sugar. Everyone expects that of the colorful crunchies targeted to children. However, a name-brand bran cereal with raisins contains about 18 grams of sugar per serving. And when it comes to cereal servings, most people eat more than one serving at a time.
Protein Bars on the market today are often loaded with more sugar than a Snickers candy bar. Would you eat a candy bar every day? A dark chocolate “nutrition bar” has 12 g of protein… but also 13 g of sugar. Check those labels!
Vitamin Water sounds healthy, right? Vitamins are good, of course, but these drinks have a lot of added sweetness. One bottle has 33 grams. Other high-sugar drinks include fruit juices, sports drinks, and sodas. Water will always be the dentist’s and nutritionist’s choice for good health.
Reducing sugar intake may help you lose weight, create a stable mood, and provide clearer skin. And, of course, if you like having bright and shiny teeth, cutting back on obvious – and surprise – sweets is an excellent idea. The naturally-occurring bacteria in your mouth thrives on it. Parents, encourage these healthier after-school snacks for your children.