You may have seen the news recently that sugar may be making you dumb as well as fat. Of course we expect a sugar rush from the usual suspects, but added sugars lurk in many packaged and restaurant foods, even in those
that don’t taste sweet. This means your daily sugar intake may be
higher than you ever imagined—filling you with empty calories that spike your
blood sugar, pack on pounds, and increase your risk for high blood pressure,
heart attack, and stroke. The American Heart Association says that adult women consume no more than six teaspoons of added sugar a day; men should have no more than nine teaspoons. So when I took a look at some common foods and compared them to the 10 grams sugar in a single glazed Krispy Kreme doughnut—the equivalent of two teaspoons—I was more than a little shocked...
No one's claiming this is a superfood, but 66
grams of sugar? Wow. You’d be far better off getting an iced coffee and
sprinkling in a packet of sugar.
Strawberry Banana Yogurt (6 oz. serving): 27 grams
Don't be fooled by reduced- or low-fat
labels, which may pack extra sugar. Try swapping nonfat fruit-flavored yogurt
for nonfat Greek yogurt with a handful of your favorite berries mixed in. The
latter is also higher in protein, which keeps you feeling full for longer.
Canned peaches (1/2
cup): 23 grams
You think you’re picking wisely by having fruit for dessert,
but the syrups in canned goods can detract from the health perks. Pick whole,
natural fruit instead.
Baked Beans (1/2 cup
serving): 14 grams
At least canned foods give you a heads-up on their food
labels. It’s a good idea to get in the habit of checking the sugar content of
your supermarket staples and trying to cut back when you can.
Oat and Honey Granola
Bar (2 bar serving): 12 grams
Granola bars scream healthy, but many of them boast a
surprising amount of sugar. Granted, they’re healthier than, say, the 30 grams
a Snickers bar packs, but still may not be the healthiest snack choice around.