Most of us have a sweet tooth. And we indulge in something sweet, sometimes, on the sly. Not so slyly during the cupcoming Diwali, because this is a festival that almost everyone ‘tastes’.
Even the most health-conscious individuals ive in to a laddoo, or a piece of cake, or a scoop of ice-cream.
Did you realise that today, we consume sugar in almost all manufactured eatables like bread, biscuits, etc. Do you realise that this makes one of the most dangerous components in our daily diet, mainly because of the content of sugar we end up consuming throughout the day. And that too, especially in food items you would expect to be free of sugar.
Lets take a look at some of these food items that that can add loads of unwanted sugars to your body.
Asian Sauces: Most Asian sauces used for dressing chicken and other meat, are quite similar to syrups used to top pancakes (maple syrup) with regards to their sugar content. Make sure you check the labels for the contents of sugars (ending with ‘-ose’, e.g. Sucrose, fructose) before making a purchase.
Fruit spreads: These include mainly jams, preserves and jellies that form a part of a lot of breakfasts all over the world. And even though you may believe that these spreads are better for your health in comparison to butter or cheese, you will probably be surprised to see the sugar contents in these fruit jams and jellies. Many manufacturers try to convince customers with their products by listing the fruit as one of the first ingredients and moving the sugars back towards the end of the list. Prefer a jam that is free of artificial flavouring agents or added sugars.
Salad dressing: We often prefer to eat a salad for a simple reason that we want to eat healthy. But at the same time, we cannot stop ourselves from adding some dressing to our salad without realizing that these dressings add fat to your salad. Even the so called ‘light’ or ‘low-fat’ salad dressings often add sugar as part of the ingredients instead of the fat in addition to the starch that may be present in it.
Spaghetti sauce: Usually, there is no need to add sugar to these sauces, because they are made of tomatoes and should be sweet. But we still find a lot of manufacturers adding sugar to these tomato sauces. Why? Because most of these sauces are often manufactured using cheap vegetable oils and other below-par ingredients instead of using fresh olive oil and vegetables. The problem that may be caused because of these cheap oils is solved by adding sugar which immediately adds to the taste. Ensure you check the label for the sugar count as well. It is always better to opt for a sauce with has no added sugars and contains just tomatoes, onions and some spices.
Oatmeal: Always linked to good heart health making oatmeal the breakfast of choice for many. But many food producers often ruin the whole-grain benefits of oats by adding flavouring agents and loads of sugars. Always go for a low-sugar oatmeal product or preparing your oatmeal from scratch can be an even better option.
Wheat bread: Whole grains are always good for your heart, a reason why many consumers, especially health conscious consumers today prefer to buy whole wheat bread. But you can’t always be sure that the products labeled as containing ‘Wheat’ are true whole grains. A lot of so-called ‘Whole wheat’ breads contain a large quantity of added flour and sugars intended to add flavor to the product.
Yogurt: A low-calorie and protein-rich article recently found to be highly effective to help you lose weight. Although, the problem here is that a lot of manufacturers add loads of sugars and flavouring agents to their ‘fruit flavoured’ yogurt. Look for the labels for the sugar content before you make your purchase and go for a sugar-free option.
Frozen food: Not usually something that would get your taste buds flowing, a fact that food manufacturers are well aware of. Which is why these meals are usually packed with a rich quantity of sugar and salts. Even when food companies claim to have removed the fat from these meals, they are still loaded with calories supplied by a high amount of sugars. Once again, it is important that you read the label before purchase, looking not only for the fat content but also for sugar and sodium added.
Bottled tea: Tea has received a lot of good reviews in the last few years for its anti-oxidant properties leading to a lot of companies manufacturing various options of bottled or canned tea products. The taste of a simple tea or a herbal tea is something that the public would not often be excited about, which has forced the manufacturers to fill their teas with a lot of sugars, especially fructose and other sweeteners in order to enhance their flavour. Again, the label is your only help. So make sure to read the label for sugar content before consuming. And don’t forget the daily cup of chai, or 5, :), that most Indians deeply enjoy.
This just shows how one can be deceived into buying products that they believe to be healthy. And this is exactly why one should be carefully reading through the label of the products for the ingredients, especially for added sugars.
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