One of the biggest food and health epidemics facing the world is, the amount of sugar we’re having. Whether it’s natural sugars or artificial sweeteners, having too much can have detrimental effects on your overall health.

The problem is, we like food that tastes good and sugar tastes good. This is how sugar has wormed into almost everything we eat, whether you realize it or not.

Granola Bars

You need a healthy snack? Why not reach for a granola bar? Granola, nuts, sometimes dried fruit, what’s not healthy about it? Turns out, just about every produced granola, snack, or health bar has a large amount of sugar. It’s snuck in as honey, evaporated cane juice or another variation of sugar without actually saying sugar.

Yogurt

Yogurt is typically considered a healthy snack. However, that tasty snack can be packing as much sugar as a Twinkie. Don’t be a victim to buzz word advertising, just because the package says low in fat doesn’t make it healthy. Some yogurts have up to 30 grams of sugar. Not all yogurt is bad, but read the actually ingredients list to avoid high sugar levels.

Fruit juice

Pretty much all fruits have natural sources of sugar in them, some much higher than others. When these fruits are put into drinks, it can cause those drinks to have a very high sugar content. Would you believe that one glass of orange juice can contain as much sugar as a can of Coke? This also extends to energy drinks and sports drinks like Ggatorade and Vitamin Water.

Fast Food Breakfast

We already know fast food is not good for your health. They know it too, which is why many fast-food chains have started promoting “healthy” menu items. While they are healthier than the other items on the menu, they aren’t actually all that healthy. For example, McDonald’s fruit and maple oatmeal sounds healthy, but it actually has 32 grams of sugar in it. Even The Starbucks yogurt and honey parfait has a huge 30 gram sugar content.

Ketchup

A condiment found in the majority of households, everyone loves some ketchup with a burger and fries. Unfortunately, ketchup is a sugar gold mine. One tablespoon of ketchup is equal to one tablespoon of sugar. Now think about how much ketchup you put on your burger and imagine that as sugar instead.

Sauces

It’s not just ketchup that contains high amounts of sugar, it’s most sauces. Tomato sauces, marinates and whatever flavor of barbecue sauce you like, will most likely have a high sugar or artificial sugar count.

Did you think your healthy salad would be safe? Read all the labels carefully, because many salad dressings are also full of sugar or artificial sweeteners.

Read the Label!

When it comes to what you eat, the most important thing to take notice of is the ingredients table. It might not taste as good, but that’s the price to pay if you want to eat healthier and live healthier.

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