Shocking Sugar: Are you aware of what you’re eating?
When you purchase a bar of chocolate, a cake or some sweets you know you’re getting a sugary treat. However, it’s the items like pasta sauces, cereals and many diet items that may shock you with the amount of sugar that they contain.
Sugar isn’t intrinsically bad for you but it’s the frequency and amount we’re consuming we have to be careful of, particularly when you’re consuming it in foods you didn’t even know contained high volumes of sugar, this is when it could become a problem. When we eat food, the sugars are broken down into glucose and fructose which are absorbed into the bloodstream. However, fructose must then be converted into glucose in the liver. If we are eating more sugar than we are burning through activity, the rest is stored as fatty tissue around our body. Too much sugar can cause weight gain (even obesity) when combined with no exercise. Other health problems linked to having a sugary diet can cause diabetes, heart disease, fatty liver disease, tooth decay, and research also suggests too much can also put you in a bad mood! (Just blame the Dairy Milk bar next time you’re in stress!)
Our research has really shown that the words ‘low-fat’, ‘great source of Calcium’ or ‘packed with anti-oxidants’ doesn’t necessarily mean that there isn’t a concerning amount of sugar included in many supermarkets bought items. When fat is removed from certain items, sugar is often added to help disguise the blander taste. Take a look at the image below to see some examples of shocking sugar in foods. Let us know if this is as much of a surprise to you (I hope it’s not just me!)
Tomato Ketchup (4g per tbsp), Dolmio Sundried Tomato Sauce (12g), Yeo Valley Low-Fat Strawberry Yogurt (15g), Tesco Light Choices Sweet and Sour Chicken with Rice (17g), Raisin Bran (Per serving, 17g), Ben & Jerrys Cookie Dough (small, 20g), Heinz Baked Beans (21g), M&S Wensleydale and Carrot Chutney Sandwich (25g)