It’s no secret that we as humans often crave a piece of chocolate or another sweet treat from time to time, but few of us know how much hidden sugar is in everyday items such as soft drinks, candy, pastries, cookies, and canned fruits. We all know there is sugar in the chocolate we crave, but did you know that ketchup is actually high in sugar? Researchers at Emory University found that participants consumed an extra 320 calories in added sugars throughout any given day. Those extra calories can really add up! Sometimes we don’t realize how many hidden sugars are in the things we eat on a daily basis.
Some foods are misleading. You wouldn’t think that foods that have been deemed “healthy” would contain ingredients that could potentially be harmful to your health or ruin your diet. Here are some foods that include sneaky amounts of sugar:
Bottled Spaghetti Sauce—some types of spaghetti sauce have as much as three times the amount of sugar of other sauces. Be cautious when selecting your spaghetti sauce next time you’re at the grocery store.
Breakfast Cereals and Bars—we all know that certain types of cereal have high amounts of sugar, but some “healthy” brands such as Frosted Mini Wheats also pack a sugary punch.
Sugary Beverages—soda, juice, vitamin energy drinks, and flavored milks can pack a surprising amount of sugar into those small bottles. Limiting your intake of these beverages can help your glucose levels as well as maintain your waistline.
Packaged Fruits—fruits that are preserved in heavy or light syrup can contain up to 30 grams of sugar in an individual package. Be sure to limit your intake of packaged fruits, and opt for natural, lower calorie fruit options.
There are many dangers from hidden sugar in the sweets and foods we love. Diabetes is a disease in which the body is unable to produce or properly use insulin to control the levels of glucose (blood sugar) within the bloodstream. Diabetes results when there is too much glucose in the bloodstream. Diabetes effects the entire body—the cardiovascular system, circulation, eyesight, kidney function, and the nervous system.