By Omar Cruz, Botanical Researcher & Author
It Hides in Even the Healthiest Foods!
According to the World Health Organization, 50 grams of sugar a day (12 tablespoons) is about the upper limit any of us should consume if we want to stay healthy…and that might sound like a lot, but one can of soda can use up 10 tablespoons of your daily allotment. Where else are vast amounts of sugar hiding? We tookour microscope and zoomed-in on some of the other big-spenders that quickly fill up our daily sugar allowance.
Juice seems like a no-brainer for moms and dadstrying to avoid soda for the kids, but a fast food 12-ounce orange juice for breakfast has 29 grams of sugar, and a 4-ounce apple juice box after school has 15 grams.
Serve-yourself yogurt shops are a big hit in the strip malls, and might seem healthier than a trip to the ice cream parlor, but look out! A cup of vanilla frozen yogurt can contain over 34 grams of sugar.
There can be as much as 8 grams of sugar in two tablespoons of some peanut butters…almost an eighth of your daily allotment. Put it on a slice of whole grain bread, and add as much as another 11 grams. Be sure to check the label!
Cereal & Granola
Processed kids cereals and instant oatmeal packets usually take the heat in this category with around 10 grams of sugar per ¾ cup serving, but healthier-seeming granola is often a bigger offender, having as much as 18 grams a cup. A two-pack of granola bars? 29 grams.
A cup of the average spaghetti marinara sauce has about 23 grams of sugar, nearly half of your daily allowance. Even a can of plain old tomato sauce has 10 grams.
That popular bar in your gym bag can have 10 grams of protein in it, but can also be packing a walloping 15-20 grams of sugar. Check your labels before you munch after a workout.
Low-fat and fat-free dressings are the biggest offenders. Manufacturers take out the fat, but then add extra sugar to make up for the lost flavor.
Sources: http://www.nutrientfacts.com, http://nutritiondata.self.com, http://www.sparkpeople.com, http://caloriecount.about.com, http://www.livestrong.com