Sugar Hiding in 9 Unexpected Foods

· July 7, 2017
Even though many people think that they're healthy, the truth is that under their innocent looks there are certain foods hide more sugar than you'd imagine. Remember to read the labels.

Sometimes, appearances fool you. Did you know that there are many foods that have more sugar than you probably imagine?

In proper amounts, the sweet substance is indispensable in your body. However, it’s not wise if you eat too much.

According to the World Health Organization, sugar should represent 5% of your total calorie intake.

The ideal would be to eat the equivalent of six to nine teaspoons per day. However, the reality is that in one day, you might eat a whole week’s worth.

Eating it in excess can have consequences further down the line. First of all, it increases your demand for micro-nutrients. If you don’t consume enough of them, you have a greater risk of suffering from a lack of B complex vitamins like B1, B2, and B5.

In addition, that goes without saying that the risk of developing cavities in your teeth also increases. This happens even if you brush your teeth.


The key is to exercise and know the nutrition facts of the food you eat.

Because of this, today we want to tell you about some of the sugary foods out there that you probably weren’t even aware of.

1. Corn tortillasTortillas are a high-sugar food

Perhaps you’ve bought them for a snack between meals. You may have thought that they’re not food with a lot of calories. However, be careful. They have large amounts of sugar.

Without going much further, two rice tortillas and two tablespoons of yogurt BOTH have 10.2 grams of the stuff. This is the same as 2.55 cubes! Thus, the best alternative is to choose sugar-free tortillas.

2. The brown sugar myth

This is another one of the large myths: many people believe that brown sugar is a healthy option. Unfortunately, it isn’t.

Both brown and white sugars are the same. The only difference is a layer of cane molasses that gives the brown variety more flavor.

And, 4 brown sugar cubes have 98% sugar. In other words, they’re exactly the same. If you’re looking for a healthier substitute, it’s better to use stevia.

3. Almond milk

Certain milks contain a lot of sugar

Almond milk doesn’t have fewer calories than regular milk. Plus, it contains a sugar called lactose. In one cup of milk, there are about 10 grams of sugar. 

For people who are lactose intolerant, there are other options that give your body calcium.

4. Tomato sauce

It has fewer calories than prepackaged pasta sauce. However, tomato sauce still has a lot of sugar.

A small, 16 oz. jar of this sauce has 16 grams of it! That’s equal to 4 cubes.

5. Whole cereals

Some cereals are high in sugar

These appear to be a healthier product than conventional cereals. However, you can’t get carried away with appearances.

This kind of food has high levels of sugar. Remember to make sure it’s healthy before buying it.

6. Energy bars

Not all energy bars are equal. There are some that have a high amount of protein. However, there are others with up to 48 grams of sugar per portion.

Overall, it’s best to avoid them.

7. Crackers

Crackers can be sugary

They’re salty. But did you know that they also contain large amounts of sugar?

If you eat just 16 crackers in a week, your body will get more than 4 grams of sugar. It’s not as much as other foods, but it is a surprising source.

Be careful with this kind of snack.

8. Nuts

Nuts may be very healthy. However, you need to eat them in moderation. This isn’t just because they’re high in calories. In fact, they have large amounts of sugar, even though it doesn’t seem like it.

If you eat 20 grams of nuts per day, you’re eating almost 12 grams of the stuff.

9. Peanut butter

Nuts contain hidden sugar

Do you like peanut butter? Well, it’s OK to eat it. However, it should be in moderation. Keep in mind that only four tablespoons of this food give your body up to 7 grams of sugar.

To take care of your health, reduce the amount you eat.

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