We 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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