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9 Sneaky Places Sugar Is Hiding In Your Diet

hidden sugarWe know that we’re supposed to eat sugar in moderation, so sugar-laden foods like cake, soda, or scoops of plain sugar right out of the bag are considered sometimes-foods. If we’re trying to avoid excess sugar intake, what are we supposed to do foods about sugar that has sneakily implanted itself in less obvious places?

Professor Graham MacGregor of Wolfson Institute of Preventive Medicine at Barts and The London Hospital has spoken out about the hazards of “hidden sugar” in food. He warns that the food industry has been adding increasing amounts of sugar to food, noting that this “very recent phenomenon” started with the cheap and simple production of beet, corn and sugar cane sugars.

What’s even the  big deal? Why are we so terrified of sugar? MacGregor reiterates what we already know:

“It’s a completely unnecessary part of our calorie intake: it has no nutritional value, gives no feeling of fullness and is acknowledged to be a major factor in causing obesity and diabetes both in the UK and worldwide.”

That sweet-sweet evil is lurking where we least expect it! So, where are sugar’s favorite hiding spots?

Here are 9 foods with more sugar than you may expect (ranked in no particular order):

9. Butterkist Toffee Popcorn- 25g with 4 teaspoons. To be fair, if you’re eating candy popcorn, you should expect a lot of sugar.

8. Sharwood’s Sweet and Sour Chicken with Rice- 375g and 6 teaspoons of sugar. This should be considered a dessert chicken with rice.

7. Starbucks Caramel Frappuccino with Whipped Cream (and skimmed milk)-A small size contains 11 teaspoons of sugar. This shouldn’t surprise anyone. Starbucks pumps so many calories and so much unhealthy shit in their drinks, it’s mind boggling.

6. Pot Noodle Curry King Pot-2 teaspoons of sugar per 114 g. Your salty, savory noodles are deceptively sugary.

5. Pret A Manger Very Berry Latte- 295g has the equivalent of 7 teaspoons of sugar. Oh man, between this and Starbucks, maybe just stick with regular coffee or espresso and control how much sugar you add?

4. Yeo Valley 0% Fat Vanilla Yogurt- contains five teaspoons per 150 g. Zero percent fat does not equal 100% healthy.

3. Glaceau Defense Vitamin Water- 500 mL contains 4 teaspoons of sugar. Drink normal water. Vitamin water is basically sugar water and sugar water is butterfly food.

2. Heinz Tomato Soup- 300g (about 3/4 can) of contains four teaspoons of sugar. Et tu tomato soup?

1. Ragu Tomato Basil Pasta Sauce contains the equivalent of 3 teaspoons sugar per 200g, like a bowl of freakin’ frosted flakes on your noodles, according to The Mail.

For tables compiled by Doc MacGregor check out the Daily Mail

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  • Lindsey Conklin

    the tomato soup and pasta sauce are surprising! damn you sugar, evil genius.

    • Joanna Rafael

      Sugar is such a diabolical ingredient.

    • Alexandra

      Am I the only one who doesn’t find it surprising? Unless you’ve got some REAAAALLY wripe tomatoes, you’ll need to add sugar to your homemade pasta sauce or tomato soup or it would taste really bitter .___.

  • DW

    Tomato-based products are culprits, even when sugar is not needed in them in my opinion. Hubs and I spent 5 minutes reading labels in the BBQ sauce aisle to find one without high-fructose corn syrup as a first ingredient — yes, you read that right, as a first ingredient. We found just one. One!!!

    • Joanna Rafael

      HOLY MOLY. That is so disturbing.

  • elle

    The tomato soup does surprise me. Vitamin water is terrible for you, despite the fact that it has water and vitamins in it’s name. And lol at sugar water being butterfly food.

    • Joanna Rafael

      How do they get away with calling it Vitamin Water?