When you think of sugary foods, soft drinks, biscuits, cakes, ice cream and the like come to mind. But these aren't the only sugar-laden foods that are contributing to our epidemic of obesity, diabetes and other chronic diseases…
In order to detect the hidden sugar in some of your favourite foods, you need to become a super sleuth.
Keep reading to learn about five unusual but very common suspects of hidden sugar that you could be overlooking...
Five hidden sugar bombs...
While yoghurt contains healthy ingredients including probiotics, protein and calcium, some varieties contain between 17g and 33g of sugar per 235ml serving...
Get this – especially low-fat
Your best bet is to buy plain Greek yoghurt and add a drizzle of honey and chopped fruit for sweetness.
#2: Instant oats
Many dieticians recommend oats for breakfast because they’re packed with healthy fibre. But, many fruit-flavoured instant oats contain 10g to 15g of sugar per packet!
Stick to plain oatmeal and add berries or apple slices.
#3: Pasta sauces
Even though pasta sauces have a savoury rather than a sweet taste, many have between 6g and 12g of sugar per half-cup serving. To avoid consuming hidden sugar in your pasta dishes, make your own sauce using olive oil, herbs and freshly chopped tomatoes.
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#4: Salad dressings
Salad dressings are one of the biggest hidden sugar bombs on the supermarket shelves. They can contain up to 7g of sugar in a two-tablespoon serving!
Again, it’s best to make your own dressing using olive oil, herbs, lemon juice and vinegar.
#5: Juices and smoothies
Juices and smoothies are a big health trend at the moment, but they're high in sugar.
One cup of orange juice can have up to 22g of sugar.
Most protein shakes, on the other hand, contain less sugar so if you're going for healthy - they may be a better option to try.