Sugar is one of the worst things we can put into our bodies. Fat Chance author Dr. Robert Lustig actually called it "the Voldemort of the dietary hit list." But, cutting sugar from your diet isn't as simple as we might think. Sugar is added to SO many different foods, including foods that you wouldn't even expect. Also, manufacturers use different names for sugar in their ingredient lists in hopes that consumers don't realize it's just a cover for sugar.  When reading labels, look for words like fructose, evaporated cane sugar, splenda and carob syrup in addition to just sugar alone. 

Thanks to Well+Good, here is a list of foods that probably have sugar lurking in them somewhere. Be sure to always read ingredient lists and do your best to eat food that comes directly from the earth. 

Well + Good :: 5 sources of sugar you wouldn't expect

1. Bread. It’s not just Wonder. Whole wheat, gluten free and multigrain breads usually do contain added sugar, about 2g per slice. This may not seem like a lot but this stuff adds up! Also, don't get tricked by bread that's labeled "gluten free." Just because it's free from gluten doesn't mean there aren't added sugars. Trust me, you don't need sugar in your bread, so eliminate brands that add it in. 


2. Salad dressing. Sugar is the fourth ingredient in the Newman’s Own Lite Honey Mustard with 5g in two tablespoons. Less wholesome brands can have much more. Don't be fooled by the words "lite". I actually encourage you to stay away from anything labeled "lite" as it just means added fake sugars and crap! 


3. Orange juice. We’re all about throwing back healthy green juices, but when juice is mostly fruit, it’s basically like chugging fructose. Especially when it’s the processed, bottled variety. Minute Maid orange juice, for example, has 23g in just eight ounces! Stay away from this, and most other fruit juices too. 


4. Cereal/Granola. Children’s breakfast cereals tend to be the worst, like Kellogg’s Honey Smacks, which the Environmental Working Group found was 55.6 percent sugar by weight, in a 2011 report. But even organic granola brands usually count sugar among the first ingredients, with many containing about 6 grams/quarter cup. Don't be fooled by "healthy" granola alternatives. Read labels!


5. Yogurt. According to Dr. Lustig, a standard Yoplait yogurt has 27 grams of total sugars—the same as eight ounces of Coca-Cola. Part of that is lactose (milk sugar), but 11 grams are extra, added sugar. Stick to organic Greek yogurt with no added sweeteners, instead.

 

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