Is the sugar hiding in your food?
As we all already know, yes it is! Sugar is include in almost every commercial recipe, take away food or cereals. no doubt about it. But how much of it is hiding there? Did you ever think about it?
Check What you eat
Are you checking all the labels of your food in the shopping basket? I believe most of you are checking the calorie content when shopping. But, the calorie content can be very tricky. Remember, the calories are not bad things. Because of them, we are surviving to the next meal and to the next day and then to the next month and so on :). We need them!
The better way to keep your shopping basket full of healthy stuff is to check the sugar content. Trust me this is where we talk now about being conscious about dietary decisions.
How many names has sugar?
Sugar is very easy to spot. You look for "sugar" on the table and there you go. However, sugar has so many names that we do not even realise sometimes. Lest mention some of them.
High-fructose corn syrup
Maltose (dextrose, sucrose, and anything ending in ‘ose’)
Fruit juice concentrate
Make sure when you read the label you look for them too!
Most importantly, when you buy ready meals, sauces or can foods, be ready to get tons of extra sugar in them. They are containing up to 12g of sugar per half of the cup. Yes, I know they are delicious. You know why, right? They full of sugar or sweetness.
All the salad dressing having high sugar content. For instance they might add honey to them. Although do not get the impression that this is healthy option. Honey can be healthy option while comes to single use. But when the food companies making the dressings they add plenty of different ingredients on top of "healthy honey", which makes the dressing not healthy anymore.
This is the label for "Peach in Light Syrup" from well known brand. The amount of sugar per 100 g of product is shocking. Let's break this down. The whole can weight 420 g, so that the 100 g of sugar is only for 1/4 the weight of the can. This is really alarming. You are thinking you are doing well by giving to your children fruits. However, only fresh, whole fruits with the fibre and no additional sugar are good for you.
Cereals for kids containing lots of sugar to be attractive and taste very delicious. The sugar content makes the children addictive to them. The sweet taste make them come back for more, therefore, this type of breakfast is very popular in young children, but nor only. Adults like them too. This very quick and easy breakfast told to be healthy, has nothing healthy to offer.
Can of tomato soup contains up to 12g of sugar in 1/3 of the can. Make your won tomato soup instead. This is very easy meal to make. Very tasty, and can deliver lots of veggie to your diet. Check out this recipe with only 3 ingredients. https://youtu.be/X_lZ49spG5A .
It is very important to be aware of what we can find in food.
As you can see, sugar is hiding everywhere.
Make sure you read the labels and stay away from sugary food.
Are you going to read the labels when you shop for grocery next time?