When you pick up a box of doughnuts or cookies, you are typically not surprised to see that the offering contains loads of sugar. However, there are also foods that aren’t typically thought of as overly sweet that actually pack a shocking sugar punch. A few things to always keep in mind: Be wary of a product that is labeled as nutritious, and do not assume a food is low in sugar just because its brand sounds healthy. Here are foods that are loaded with sugar.
Canned or packaged fruit
Make sure you do not assume that everything labeled as fruit is healthy. According to experts, packaged or canned fruit is packed with sugar, even those items with labels that say “in light syrup” or “made with real fruit.” This includes products like apple sauce, fruit chillers, and canned fruit. Specifically, experts have suggested keeping an eye packaged fruits, reasoning that they are in the same ballpark as a standard-size chocolate candy bar, which contains 27 grams of sugar.
Not all yogurt is equal when it comes to nutrition. Take Greek yogurt, for example. It’s filled with protein and calcium, creating a delicious food that can be eaten as a snack or used as an ingredient in a meal. But when you opt for a flavoured yogurt, Cosmopolitan reports that it can contain up to 20 grams of sugar. An unflavoured yogurt contains about a third of the sugar that flavoured yogurts have.
Similarly, in a typical six-ounce container of fruit-flavoured yogurt, there are 26 grams of sugar, more than half of which is added sugar, according to reports. Two fruit-flavoured yogurts are the equivalent to two chocolate glazed donuts.
To be continued next week...
This story was published in Newswatch Times on May 16, 2015.