You’ve been doing everything you can to limit your sugar intake. You’ve been smart about what you’re eating and you’ve gone out of your way to make healthy choices. Yet, the weight doesn’t seem to be coming off. What could be the problem? It may have something to do with the food you’re eating. It may seem healthy, but in actual fact, there are many foods out there packed with sugar – foods that you would never even suspect. That can cause you to eat the wrong things without even knowing it. You can prevent that from happening by paying attention to this list. The next 5 foods are all unexpectedly packed with sugar:
1) Canned and Pre-Packaged Fruits
Eating fruit is usually a good thing. There are plenty of good vitamins in each serving. When they come from a can or are pre-packaged, though, they can also come with an awful lot of sugar. When they say things like ‘made with real fruit’ and ‘in syrup’ those often include sugar, sugar, and more sugar. Depending on the brand you buy, there can be anywhere from 15 to 20 grams of sugar or every 100 calories.
2) Salad Dressings
A good salad needs a little bit of dressing to add some flavour. When you buy salad dressing from a store, they often have sugar in them. This is especially true if you’ve chosen balsamic vinaigrette. When you choose a low-fat dressing, there is even more sugar packed inside. How is this possible? The companies want to reduce fat without making the flavour taste dramatically different, so they stuff it full of sugar instead. If you’re really concerned, try making your own dressing or using olive oil and vinegar.
3) White and Whole Grain Breads
Many types of bread have sugar in them…even whole grain varieties. This occurs because the sugar helps the loaves to get that perfect golden brown colour. That colour makes buyers more likely to add the bread to their shopping cart. The solution? Head to a local bakery or try making it yourself. That way, you won’t have to deal with all of that added sugar in your diet.
Granola is certainly delicious, which is why so many people choose to start their day with some of it. Unfortunately, a bowl of granola is comparable to drinking a can of your favourite soda! It’s true. There is lots and lots of sugar in each and every spoonful. If you’re looking for replacement options, try muesli. It has natural fructose instead of the artificial kind.
5) Peanut Butter
Known for being a good source of protein, peanut butter is perfect for every sandwich. But did you know the second ingredient in most jars is sugar? This is even worse in the reduced fat jars and even organic peanut butters, which have loads of artificial sweeteners. If you still want to enjoy a bit of peanut butter, be careful what you choose. Look for brands that sell jars that say “no sugar added.”
If you’re trying to cut back on sugar, take note of the unexpected places you can find it. A few adjustments to the brands you buy can help you stay on track.