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5 ‘Health’ Foods Worse Than a Donut

There’s no way to sugarcoat it: We’re consuming too much sugar.

5 ‘Health’ Foods Worse Than a Donut
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5 ‘Health’ Foods Worse Than a Donut

There’s no way to sugarcoat it: We’re consuming too much sugar.

And recently, the World Health Organization announced we should reduce our intake to a tiny 5 percent of daily calories—half of what the organization previously recommended. For someone on a 2000-calorie diet, new guidelines mean a sugar limit of about 100 calories, or 6 sugar packets.

That should be doable, but in the American food jungle, nothing is as it appears. Sugar is in thousands of places where it doesn’t belong, dressed up in disguises like corn syrup, maltodextrin and sucrose, getting in the way of even your most dedicated weight loss efforts. Here are five hidden sources of sugar you need to know about—“healthy” foods that, in some cases, serve up more sugar you’ll find in half a dozen donuts!

1

WHOLE-GRAIN CEREAL

Eat This

Kashi Autumn Wheat Whole Wheat Biscuits

Calories

180

Fat

1 g

Sugar

7 g

Not That!

Cascadian Farms Cinnamon Raisin Granola

Calories

345

Fat

4.5 g

Sugar

21 g

The Cascadian Farms Granola has more sugar than 6 Dunkin’ Donuts Sugar Raised Donuts!

It may not shock you that cereals with the words “froot” or “chocolatey” on the box contain added sugar; but equally devious are certain “healthy,” “whole grain” cereals. Steer Clear of the Three C’s: “Crunch,” Crisps,” and “Clusters.” These words usually mean that there are clumps of crispy rice held together by sugar and fat.

2

DRIED FRUIT

Eat This

Sun Maid Pitted Plums

Calories

100

Fat

0 g

Sugar

15 g

Not That!

Ocean Spray, Craisins, Original

Calories

130

Fat

0 g

Sugar

29 g

The Craisins have more sugar than 7 Dunkin' Donuts Sugar Raised Donuts!

In moderation, dried fruit can be a healthy, fiber-filled snack or salad topping, but in many cases, it might as well be candy. Not only is the sugar more concentrated in dried fruits than fresh, manufacturers often coat dried fruit in more sugar, so check ingredient lists. In fact, the only good thing about Craisins is the color. Look for this crimson characteristic to ensure you're buying the Best Fruits for Fat Loss.

3

SALAD DRESSING

Eat This

Bragg, Healthy Organic Vinaigrette

Calories

90

Fat

9 g

Sodium

60 mg

Sugar

2g

Not That!

Kraft Salad Dressing, Fat Free Catalina

Calories

150

Fat

0 g

Sodium

350 mg

Sugar

7 g

The Kraft has more sugar than 2 Dunkin' Donuts sugar raised donuts!

Salad dressings, particularly light and fat-free versions, are loaded with salt and sugar to compensate for the flavor lost by cutting out the fat. Be wary of ketchup-based dressings (French, Russian, Thousand Island) and fruity vinaigrettes (raspberry, pomegranate), as they typically include added sugar. As a general rule, choose varieties with less than 2g of sugar per 2 tablespoon serving. For a double-down on the fat-blasting effect, pair your Bragg dressing with a salad studded with cilantro. It's just one of 8 Foods That Beat bloat.

4

FRUIT YOGURT

Eat This

Chobani Simply 100, Blueberry

Calories

100

Fat

0

Sugar

8

Protein

12

Not That!

Dannon Fruit on the Bottom, Peach

Calories

150

Fat

1.5 g

Sugar

27

Protein

6

The Dannon has more sugar than 6 Dunkin' Donuts Sugar Raised Donuts!

All yogurts contain some sugar in the form of lactose (milk sugar); it’s the added sugar typical of “fruit” yogurts that you need to watch out for. Make sure all sugars are accounted for in the ingredients list and none come from “sugar” or “high fructose corn syrup.”

5

JUICE

Drink This

V8 Fusion Light Pomegranate Blueberry

Calories

50

Sugar

10 g

Fruit Juice

100%

Not That!

Langers Pomegranate Blueberry Juice Cocktail

Calories

140

Sugar

30 g

Fruit Juice

27%

The Langers has more sugar than 7 Dunkin' Donuts Sugar Raised Donuts!

"Made from real fruit" doesn't mean anything, other than at some point at least one slice of fruit came in contact with this concoction. Choose juice that are 100 perfect fruit juice, and beware of fruit juice "cocktails," which are often just a mixture of water, juice concentrates, and sugar. Reaching for fruit-flavored enhanced water isn't the way to go, either. They're one of the sneakiest Surprising Foods That Make You Gain Weight.

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