You would be surprised to know just how much sugar is in the foods you eat!
When looking at the nutrition fact:
- remember that 1 spoon = 4 grams of sugar
- Look at the serving size, because a lot of drinks have 2 servings per bottle and to know the actual amount of sugar you consume you need to double the sugar content
- So you're walking around having a low-fat yogurt, thinking you're all healthy, but it actually has 6.5 spoons of sugar! That's why I always suggest plain yogurt with fruit and a bit of agave, because you would never add 6.5 spoons of sugar by yourself.
- Most foods that are low in fat are high in sugar. The sugar replaces the flavor lost from the fat. Make sure you check the sugar content of the low-fat foods you eat.
|Each sugar cube stands for one spoon (4 g of sugar)|
- Coke and other sodas have really high amounts of sugar. They are basically all sugar, so all calories are coming from simple sugar.
- The best choice to quench your thirst is water! Even diet soda was shown to increase risk of to heart problems and stroke (read that previous health article post here)
- As you can see ice-tea is not necessarily a better choice than soda. Each bottle has 2 servings so a bottle has 11.5 spoons of sugar! Insanity!
- The best ice tea is Honest Tea (my favorite flavor is Honest Tea Peach Oo-la-long) it is fairly low in sugar and tastes great!
- But better yet make your own tea from scratch! 1 spoon of sugar per cup is a perfect amount of sugar for me!
- Even Healthy cereals can be high in sugar. I recommend getting a high-fiber cereal that has less than 10 grams of sugar per serving. Add real fruit and yogurt for a yummy breakfast
Always look at the nutrition label to see amount of sugars. In processed foods this comes from simple sugars that are highly refined.