Many of us know this, and the informed population keeps growing daily as websites, journals, friends, and TV shows spread the word about the consequences of consuming excess sugar.
Therefore, it’s not surprising that many people are starting to cut sugar from their diet. However, there’s something you should know; not only is sugar found in obvious items like sweets and baked goods, it also appears in numerous “healthy” products that should be avoided (or at least reduced).
Finding out where sugar hides is important for anyone who wants to be healthier and more educated about what they’re consuming. That’s why we want to reveal a list of food and drink items that are surprisingly high in sugar (though you wouldn’t expect them to be).
While this isn’t a hard rule, there are many varieties of non-dairy milk that contain a lot of added sugar. Certain soy milk offerings, for example, are notoriously sweet. When seeking out low-sugar milk alternatives, be on the lookout for “light” or unsweetened products. Non-dairy milk can be nutritious, but it doesn’t need to be a vessel for loads of sugar.
The tricky thing about granola is that it’s often marketed as a healthy and even low-fat product. However, it is usually high in calories, not to mention sugar.
While granola is made mostly of oats, it is often combined with honey and nuts as well as various sweeteners. If you want to avoid consuming a lot of calories and sugar, you have two options available; either pay close attention to the ingredients list, or use granola as a supplement or topping to the main dish.
When people buy low-fat yoghurt, they expect it to be healthy at the very least. However, low-fat yoghurts are actually not all that great for you. They often contain added sugar as it enhances the flavour.
Moreover, there’s actually no nutritional difference between full-fat and low-fat yoghurts; the health benefits are essentially the same. In fact, you might want to consider full-fat yoghurt instead (or Greek yoghurt).
Another item that is considered healthy despite its various nutritional shortcomings. Of course, some smoothies are indeed healthy - the ones that are organic, green, and so on. However, most bottled smoothies contain a lot of hidden sugar from fruit juice, as well as various forms of added sugar.
That’s why if you do want to avoid sugar, first read the contents of the smoothies you purchase; or look up a recipe for a low-sugar smoothie that still makes your tastebuds happy.
Dried fruits are often considered a healthy addition to one’s diet, as well as a natural replacement for various sweets. It seems that all the sugar they contain is natural. Yet, almost unbelievably, there’s actually as much sugar in dried fruit as a candy bar.
Moreover, dried fruit can be very tricky as it tastes good and is compact. It can be tempting to eat a lot, thereby increasing the sugar content you're ingesting. To avoid this, look for dried fruit with no (or very little) added sugar. Easier still, simply eat fresh fruit instead.
Sauces are tasty and often seem harmless. That’s why people use them as salad dressings, marinades, etc. However, many sauces are extremely high in sugar and calories, with BBQ sauce being no exception. Up to 40% of any BBQ sauce product can be comprised of sugar. This is one of the sneakiest ways for a high volume of sugar to enter your body, unbeknownst to you. That’s why you need always check the labels before you buy sauce and be mindful of portions, especially when dining out.
As you can see, there are plenty of seemingly healthy products that actually contain a lot of hidden sugar. While it might seem unexpected and even frustrating, don’t get upset. Instead, pay more attention to labels. Simply by being mindful of what you consume, you can dramatically reduce your dependence on sugary products.