5 ‘healthy’ food options that ACTUALLY contain enormous quantities of sugar [PICTURES]
Do you still think that you eat healthy, low-sugar options in a day?
According to experts, women should only consume 24 grams of sugar a day, while men can devour 36 grams. However, limiting sugar consumption can be tough when just a can of soda contains nearly 40 grams of sugar.
Do you still think that you eat healthy, low-sugar options in a day? You really can’t be too sure as some foods which are labeled as healthy may still contain enormous quantities of sugar.
Here is a list of food items that are considered healthy but contain a tremendous amount of sugar:
1. Canned Soup
While the store-bought soup is generally deemed to be a healthy food option with its combination of water and nutritious vegetables, it still contains a lot of sugar. If you zoom in on the nutrition facts of the package label, you will notice that a single can of soup contains enough sugar content to cover your entire daily required intake. The sugar quantity intensifies further when it comes to tomato-based soups as a lot of sugar is added to balance out the acidity of the tomatoes.
When it comes to the most popular condiments worldwide for fast food or french fries, ketchup may top the list. This bottled sauce also tops the list when it comes to sugar quantity. The sweet, sour, and umami flavors of the ketchup contain 4 grams of sugar per tablespoon.
A single tablespoon of this red condiment is equivalent to putting an entire sugar cube in your mouth. Experts also believe that most commercial bottles of ketchup also contain significant amounts of high fructose corn syrup, which has strongly been linked to obesity and heart disease.
3. Potato Chips
Salty snacks don’t seem to equate to sugar at first thought, but (surprisingly) a bag of your favorite potato chips contains about 3%-5% sugar content.
The extra sugar quantity is especially common in chips with flavors such as barbecue, sweet chili, honey, or sweet corn chips. Experts state that chips are also high in carbs, which the human body converts into a form of sugar called glucose.
4. Dried Fruit
Many people love eating dried fruit as a go-to healthy snack. However, these people do not know that while these dried fruits may be rich in vitamins, fiber, and antioxidants, they are extremely rich in sugar.
That’s because when the fruits are dehydrated (dried), the water content is removed which leaves behind a compact version of all the sugars in the shape of shriveled fruit.
5. Fat-Free Salad Dressing
Similar to fat-free yogurt, salad dressings that have less fat and calories contain enormous amounts of sugar. According to details, 2 tablespoons of your favorite store-bought salad dressing can contain about 7 to 10 grams of added sugar.
Experts highly recommend making your own salad dressing at home to steer clear of added sugars, preservatives, and other unhealthy ingredients.
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