Foods That Hide the Sweet Stuff
By Sara Butler
You don't have to look at the nutritional label on your favorite candy bar to know it's full of added sugars. That's a no-brainer! What's more deceptive are foods that you don't suspect have added sugars at all. The truth is that the sweet stuff is lurking in all kinds of foods. The best thing you can do is to know what foods to look out for and how to cut back on your sugar intake.
Yogurt is known around the world as a healthy food that gives your gut a punch of probiotics to help keep it balanced. But what most people don't know is that yogurt can have a lot of added sugar, especially the low-fat variety.
There are some naturally occurring sugars in yogurt due to the fact that it's a dairy product, but the majority of the added sugars come from added ingredients such as fruit and fillers used to make the product low fat.
Go ahead and enjoy your yogurt, but opt for full fat, plain yogurt and add your own fruit to it. This can help you cut back on the added sugars and provide enough good fats and protein to fill you up and keep your blood sugar stable.
Smoothies, especially bottled smoothies, may seem like the nutritional ticket after a workout or for a breakfast on the go, but you have to be careful of the sugars that are lurking in them. Smoothies are made from fruit that has had the fiber taken out -- fruit purees and fruit juice concentrates are often used. That leaves only the sugars behind with nothing there to help slow down digestion or keep you full. If you look at the nutritional label of a smoothie drink you find in the store, you may be surprised by the amounts of sugar you find.
The best thing you can do for your smoothie is to make it yourself. Feel free to add fruit but make sure to add in other sources of fat and protein to help balance it out. Avocado or chia seeds, along with Greek yogurt, are great additions.
When you need a quick lunch or a little protein after a workout, peanut butter is a great choice -- as long as you opt for peanut butter without a bunch of added sugars. The sad truth is that many types of peanut butters have just as much sugar as cookies, so you must be careful about the type you choose. Stay away from butters flavored with honey or chocolate and opt instead for natural peanut butter that doesn't have added sugars.
Added sugars can sneak in all kinds of ways, so you must be diligent to spot them!
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