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Pass the sugar, please

1
May

Pass the sugar, please

Literally pass it….you don’t want that crap.

We all know that sugar is not good for us.  Many of us consciously avoid foods that we know have a ton of it.  What most of us don’t know is how sneaky sugar is.  It finds its way in to our foods without telling us and leaves us feeling perplexed when we are struggling to meet our nutritional goals.

It’s not too difficult to spot the obviously sugar-packed foods:  cookies, candy bars, candy, cereal, candy….  It’s much more difficult to identify the sneaky sugars.  It requires a little more time spent looking at labels or plugging foods in to a nutrition tracking app.  Not only can sugar hide in seemingly healthy foods, but manufacturers also like to distract us with packaging that boasts “healthy” or “wholesome” when what’s inside is anything but.  Let’s take a look at how sneaky sugar is.

Reese’s Peanut Butter Crème Egg – 17g sugar

Fit & Active Cookie Dough Protein Bar – 18g sugar

Lara Bar (Apple Pie) – 18g sugar

Yoplait Greek Yogurt Parfait (Peach) – 25g sugar

As you can see, the yogurt wins (loses?) and the actual candy bar has less sugar than the labeled “healthy” bars.  What. The. Heck.

The next time you go to grab a snack or get groceries, spend a few extra minutes checking the sugars in what your buying before you throw it in your cart.   Those sneaky little suckers may be sabotaging your goals!

Happy Eating!

Sharon Crook