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Ten Surprisingly Sugary Foods

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Ten Surprisingly Sugary Foods

By Tina McCarthy, DivineCaroline

My New Year’s resolution? When the clock struck midnight, I vowed to cut my sugar intake by eliminating sweet treats like cookies, chocolate, and soda from my diet.

On the first day of 2010, I ate strawberry yogurt for breakfast, snacked on a granola bar before lunch, sipped on vitamin water, and enjoyed a savory serving of pasta for dinner. At the end of the day, I was feeling pretty good about my fresh start. That is, until I read the labels. As it turns out, I had consumed almost 100 grams of sugar (more than twice the recommended daily amount) in this so-called attempt at eating healthier.

This whole debacle prompted me to do some research on sugar-packed snacks that masquerade as health foods. Here are the most deceiving culprits:

1. Breakfast Bars
Sure, they may have less sugar than a glazed doughnut, but breakfast bars aren’t nearly as healthy as you may think. Nature Valley’s Vanilla Yogurt Granola Bars and Nutri-Grain’s Cereal Bars cram 13 grams of sugar into a single serving. Being organic doesn’t make Health Valley’s Cereal Bars any better; they’ll even get you one gram closer to your daily sugar limit.

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2:55PM PDT on May 28, 2013

What can I say, ladies & gents...? other than "it's time to get back to basics and start enjoying your own cooking with "real food" because the other stuff comes at a price. That's not to say never touch the stuff, just be aware of what they are offering and make educated decisions on the basis of what you find.

"Moderation" is ultimately the key here,....that way you can still have your "cake and eat it" albeit smaller portions....:-)

Just remember we are what we eat so choose well..

11:50AM PDT on May 28, 2013

Spaghetti is the only one that surprised me. As for the rest, I like to make my own juices and tea with no added sugar.

11:30AM PDT on Apr 28, 2013

I have learned to be safe, I look for the "unsweetened" label on most of what I buy if packaged, when you start looking, there is a lot of sugar hidden in most everything, darn !

7:17AM PDT on Apr 26, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

2:00PM PST on Jan 2, 2013

I haven't heard about instant oatmeal... At least I haven't seen it in Europe... it is so crazy... the normal oatmeal takes 3-5 minutes to get totally edible and it is so delicious, why the hell to spoil it with sugar? I have to mention that I love it with cocoa. Now I live in Spain where they do not have cocoa without sugar (only one which is quite expensive). I can imagine it is the same in the US. In Estern Europe we have natural cocoa which I love.

5:03AM PDT on Sep 7, 2011

The spaghetti sauce came as a unwelcome surprise to me!

11:39AM PDT on Jun 15, 2011

A warning about "plain" yogurt - some brands carry a "plain sweetened" version, which, to my chagrin, I discovered by accidently purchasing it. I buy plain to mix with the overly sweetened flavoured versions, so this really annoyed me. In fact, I think I'll write the company (Danone) right now. It also annoys me that the convenient tubes for kids have sooooo much sugar. Let's get them hooked young, right? (I've already written yoplait about that.)

8:12AM PDT on Jun 11, 2011

I am from Germany and visited Usa last year. It took me a long time to find soy milk without added sugar. Though I must admit this isn't that easy over here in Germany it's still a lot easier than in Usa.

And, my bad, I visited Starbucks (yea, they're overpriced and overrated and over here) this spring, for the first and the last time ever.
I ordered a cappuccino with soy milk, and I asked "is your soy milk sweetened?" Guy says "no", I pay an enormous price, take a sip: bleah! Of course it was sweetened.

10:46AM PDT on Jun 9, 2011

Good to know. Thank you.

2:17PM PDT on Jun 2, 2011

Good information. Many supposedly "healthy" products are, as pointed out in this article, loaded with sugar. I read labels before I buy anything and I've completely given up on boxed cereals (except for Erewhon) and all energy/health bars.

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