Who doesn’t crave sugar once and a while? From cookies to cake to candy, sugar can be very appealing to anyone with even a hint of a sweet tooth. However, it can be hard to know exactly how much sugar you should be eating. Well, whatever your caloric intake, the World Health Organization says that you should be eating maximum 50 grams of sugar per day. The organization emphasizes that keeping it to 25 grams is ideal for a healthy lifestyle. So how many grams of sugar are in a personal bottle of Coca-Cola? 65 grams. How about a 3 Musketeers bar? 40 grams. It’s pretty amazing how much sugar is packed into one drink or dessert.
But there’s good news! The FDA has proposed to start labeling everything with added sugar. And not only the amount, but also the percentage of your recommended daily intake. This could make it a whole lot easier in the future to keep your sugar in check, but as of right now do you know all the foods that contain added sugar? Check out the list below to discover three foods with some major hidden sugar and some good alternatives without the sugary surprise!
- Store Bought Pasta Sauce. Brands from Newman’s Own to Bertolli have up to 12 grams of sugar per serving in a lot of their sauces. That’s a lot of sweetness for a plate of pasta! Try making your own at home by sautéing and blending a mixture of tomatoes, onion, garlic, and herbs. Or, if you don’t have time to get fancy, try Hunt’s Premium Pasta Sauce, with No Added Sugar.
- Low-Fat Yogurt. Just because something is low-fat doesn’t mean it’s low in sugar. Even supposedly healthy yogurts, like Stonyfield Organic and Brown Cow, have 25 grams of sugar or more per cup. That’s half of your maximum daily sugar in one go! Go for the Greek yogurt, which has four to five times less sugar.
- Iced Tea. Grabbing a bottle of iced tea might seem like a good alternative to soda at the convenience store, but it can have just as much or more sugar per bottle as that coke! Snapple Iced Tea, whether Peach, Lemon, or Raspberry, have almost 40 grams of sugar per bottle. Make your own iced tea at home and store it in the fridge for a quick pick me up.
Want to know more? Use this handy website, http://sugarstacks.com/, to find out how much sugar is hidden in the foods you love!
What foods have you discovered to be hidden sugar bombs? Share them with us in the comments!