You know when you eat a candy bar or a few cookies that you are eating sugar. You plan on those calories and carbohydrates. However, you don’t expect to find high amounts sugar in some of those “healthy” sounding beverages or in “weight loss” foods do you? I did not think about pasta sauces having loads of sugar!
I recently read an interesting article where the author, Elaine Magee, MPH RD, explored some hidden sugar in our commonly used foods. Foods that are often marketed as “healthy”. Foods that are not associated with sugar in our general mindset.
Being hypoglycemic, I have to be careful of my sugar intake or I feel bad quickly and have even fainted! Not fun. So reading Elaine’s article was eyeopening. Here are a few things that caught my eye. Hopefully they will point the way for you to read more labels and be aware of the possibility of hidden sugars. Keeping weight down, keeping sugar in check for a diabetics while feeling better is our goal each day. Wellness is better than Disease Care!
Seems like sugar hides in strange places! Did you know that Sugar is the first ingredient listed in Fiber One’s muffin mix? A muffin’s worth of mix contains 15 grams of sugar. Fiber One Muffin Mix,
Apple Cinnamon: 1/4 cup mix (as packaged) = 15 grams sugar, 130 calories.
Also, in Nutri-Grain Cereal Bars (all flavors): 1 bar = 12 grams sugar, 130 calories. Now that is is shock since you think these bars are “healthy”.
Elaine found sugar in Pasta Sauces too. Now I am not a big fan of pasta, but all my friends and family love pasta dishes and boy, do they have a surprise coming! According to Elaine’s research for WebMD, popular pasta sauces: Newman’s Own Tomato & Basil: 1/2 cup = 12 grams sugar, 90 calories
Bertolli Vineyard Marinara: 1/2 cup = 12 grams sugar, 80 calories
Prego Fresh Mushroom Italian Sauce: 1/2 cup = 11 grams sugar, 90 calories
Prego 3-Cheese: 1/2 cup = 11 grams sugar, 80 calories
So learn to read labels. Learn the different names of “sugar” such as natural sugars from fruit (fructose) and milk (lactose) as well as added sweeteners like refined sugar or high-fructose corn syrup. Keeping a healthy weight is a challenge for many of us. Now that you have a hint of what to look for in foods, be armed and vigilant as you shop and make choices in restaurants. Remember that diet, exercise and wise supplementation are the keys to Wellness! Stay well!