You would be surprised the number of foods that are secretly packed with that sweet seductive stuff.
Studies have found that the major food and beverage sources of added sugars for Americans are:
- refined carbohydrates like bagels, sweet rolls, pastries and doughnuts
- sweetened teas and fruit drinks, such as iced tea, fruit punch, etc.
- dairy desserts, including ice cream
- energy drinks and sports drinks
- desserts, cakes, cookies, pies and cobblers
These sources of sugar might seem obvious, but they aren’t the only foods responsible for increased sugar consumption. Added sugars are found in thousands of common food and beverages found in most grocery stores, including “natural” and organic foods.
Here are 10 of the most common “healthy” foods that are playing hide and seek with sugar:
- Cereals and granolas
- Breads, including “whole grain”
- Snack or granola bars
- Drinks, like coffees, energy drinks, blended juices and teas
- Protein bars and powders
- Yogurts and other dairy products (like flavored kefir, frozen yogurt, etc.)
- Frozen waffles or pancakes
- Bottled sauces, dressings, condiments and marinades (like tomato sauce, ketchup, relish or teriyaki, for example)
- Dried fruit and other fruit snacks
If you are someone who craves sweets and sugar often, then you would be wise to avoid it until your taste buds come back to not needing the sweet stimulation.
Living a healthy life doesn’t mean you have to give up sugar entirely. If you focus on eating a whole food diet and very occasionally indulge, will be on the right path.
Need more help with giving up sugar? Sign up for my free 3-day sugar cleanse that starts Monday, November 5th and ends Wednesday November. It is a great place to start.
Until next time,