Healthy Living

2 Astonishing Sugar Grenades Lurking In The Shadows

We are all aware of the obvious offenders when it comes to added sugar culprits such as chocolates, candies, soda pop and more. But what you might not be aware is that there are other saboteurs lurking in the shadows that are equally damning if not more than their obvious counterparts. These surprising sugar bombs are not just responsible for a little weight gain but have a number of risks attached to them including diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, and increased bad cholesterol levels. Sugar is one single ingredient that can single-handedly damage your diet and rapidly pile on the pounds with its unwanted empty calories. A host of packaged and processed foods that are loaded with sugar outnumber the actual benefits of natural foods in almost every department including vitamins, fibre, antioxidants and protein.

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According to recommendations by the American Heart Association it is strongly advised that an individual must consume less than 150 calories from added sugars alone. This is equivalent to 10 teaspoons or 35 g of sugar in a day. And even if you have been scrutinising nutrition labels on every packaged food, looking out for sugar-grams-per-serving, it can sometimes be very difficult to know how much of a particular quantity is in natural sugar and how much is added to the food product. The best way to know for sure is to eyeball the list of ingredients in a smart manner. For example, you will know that it is added sugar if you see one of its code names such as high fructose corn syrup, molasses, honey, malt syrup, cane sweetener, dextrose, agave nectar, glucose syrup, maple syrup or sucrose. Return that packaged processed food product back to its shelf if you come across any of these names while scanning through the ingredient list. The below 2 astonishing sugar grenades have been hiding all along under the garb of healthy or innocent foods. Know them. They are:

1. Barbecue sauce.

One tablespoon of barbecue sauce contains approximately 8 g of sugar.

Scanning the items at your deli counter for healthy choices, you pick up a pulled pork sandwich and lemonade to go with it. What you don’t realise is that the pulled pork sandwich contains approximately 20 g of sugar thanks to the abundance of barbecue sauce heaped into it. Unfortunately, in our quest for the healthy meal or right food product we often overlook sugar hotspots such as condiments and sauces that are dripping with sugar. These simple and insignificant taste enhancers can easily push us past our daily sugar intake limits. Even a measly looking ketchup packet contains a whopping 3 g of sugar. However, if you were planning on hosting a barbecue party, measure out the amount of barbecue sauce you will be using in the dish and remember to use a food brush to coat the meat evenly with the barbecue sauce. Importantly, avoid any other sources of sugar throughout the day including flavoured yoghurts or cupcakes.

2. Sports drinks.

A 12 ounce bottle of a popular sports drink contains approximately 22 g of sugar.

Sports drinks are much sought after, especially after a gruelling workout or an intense game. The problem is however, that sports drinks contain a whole lot of added sugar than is necessary for adequate hydration. If you have been in the habit of reaching out for a sports drink after a particularly intense sweat session, it is highly recommended that you put it back. Instead of guzzling down your entire day’s sugar limit in one big gulp you can spread out the intake throughout the day through various other foods. However, this does not mean that sports drinks are evil and must be banned, it is just that they should be limited only to post exercise times. Also, it is a great idea to compare the sugar counts on various popular sports drink variants and choose the one that is the lowest.

About the Writer
Joe Bianchi is a passionate writer about issues related to health, weight loss and wellness. Homeopathic diet drops for weight loss is his particular area of interest.

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