Sugar is certainly a sweet treat, but one that can cause a host of health conditions including heart disease, diabetes, and, more prevalently, obesity. And, according to Marla Ahlgrimm, sugar has a way of sneaking into foods you might not consider.
Here, Marla Ahlgrimm lists a few of the most innocent-looking foods that have a dark, sucrose-filled secret.
They might look healthy, with clever marketing images of fitness buffs running through the open hills right there on the packaging. But, some protein bars can contain as much – or more – sugar than a candy bar.
What’s healthier than a bowl of yogurt topped with fresh, crunchy nuts, oats, granola? A lot, actually. Marla Ahlgrimm explains that most commercially-packaged granola wasn’t designed with your waist in mind. Clever packaging may list ingredients such as rice malt, evaporated cane juice, and molasses instead of sugar, but make no mistake, sugar by any other name is sugar just the same.
Your kids’ Lucky Charms may actually have less sugar than those boring-looking boxes of processed carbohydrates you’ve been dumping into your own bowl. Even so-called “healthy” cereals can contain 18 g of sugar per serving. Marla Ahlgrimm notes that serving sizes, too, are important. Most cereals have a serving size of just ¾ to 1 cup – the average bowl will easily hold 2 cups or more.
Tomatoes are one of the healthiest foods on the planet and contain an amazing amount of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, which are all important for overall health and wellness. However, Marla Ahlgrimm points out that those tomato-based pasta sauces sold in stores can contain up to 12 g – or 4 teaspoons – of sugar in each half cup serving. Go ahead, measure that out yourself and you will get a better idea of just exactly how much sugar is sneaking its way into your diet each and every day.