Nutrition is a prerequisite to our daily food intake.
However, along with that nutrition, a lot of unwanted sugar is also coming in. Weight watchers would probably have an eye on the sugary content of various food items that make up our regular diet. But most of us may not realize how some foods are more harmful than helpful.
So, what are those everyday foods that are high in sugar and must be avoided? This post talks about those. Would you like to know? Continue reading!
Sugar, And Its Many Names:
The human body runs on a sugar called glucose. This is what our food is converted into and also what the fat is broken into, to produce energy. Food that we eat contains processed sugar called sucrose, which is broken down into glucose and fructose. Now, some foods contain excessive sugars that overload the body with unnecessary fructose, which in turn becomes fat.
Read through these ten foods high in sugar to avoid the most illnesses, if vigorous workouts are not an everyday practice in your life.
1. Fruit Juices:
Juices, especially on a hot day, are quite the boosters. And no wonder they are full of nutrition. Additionally, they are filled with fiber, providing us with a balanced intake of sugar and nutrition. They why should they be avoided?
Juices, unfortunately, provide mostly sugar, and too much of sugar consumption is obviously not healthy. Those fruits having the lowest sugar content happen to be lemons, strawberries, papayas and watermelons. So if you want to have fruit juice, you can go for these.
2. Dry Fruits:
Again, fruits are best had fresh, as the dried versions have water removed from them artificially. Certainly, dry fruits are bad owing to the high sugar content in them. One can find a wide choice of these in supermarkets everywhere. Taking an apricot as an example, while 30g contains 17 calories, half a cup of dried apricots contain about 170 calories (1).
3. Beverages And Energy Drinks:
Piling up your supermarket trolley with colorful beverages is not always advisable. The argument on cola drinks has been going for a while. Beyond that, iced tea mixes, juice concentrates, flavored milk and all such similar bottled beverages are chock-a-block with sugars, giving you more than 200 calories for just a few gulps (2). All you need to do is turn around the bottle and look at the labels. Energy drinks, obviously, give you immense energy. However, the question is, are you spending it?
This could come as a shocker to many. For Americans, cereals are part of the everyday breakfast culture. Eating Kelloggs corn flakes is an easy and nutritious way to start off a bright day. Or so we thought! Cereals apparently contain high sugar content (up to 56%). Offerings like Cap’n Crunch, Froot Loops, Cocoa Crispies and others are just as sugary as the unbranded varieties. Even the reduced sugar and low fat ones seemed to have missed the point.
5. Sauces and Syrups:
Syrups add a little more sweetness to our lives. Needless to say, they need to be used in moderation. In families dealing with diabetes, syrups need to be completely avoided. It’s traditional to have pancakes with these add-on sweeteners. But, avoiding such foods must be on everyone’s radar. Sauces follow on the heels of syrups with high sugar content. Most sauces and syrups contain nearly 20% sugar, while jams consist of more than 40% sugar.
Let us discuss more about these obvious devils in our midst. Cookies, even those that claim to be healthy, have enough sugar to take a toll. Interestingly, digestive biscuits have more calories than bourbon biscuits. Just 3 biscuits of digestives will not only keep your hunger at bay, they will also add 200 calories to your diet. Now that’s an eye opener.
Cakes are the big culprits when we talk about high sugar foods. They are also the highest calorie containing foods around us. A slice of chocolate cake contains almost 235 calories. This also translates as containing about 20-30 gms of sugar (3).
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Desserts normally feature the friendly pudding or chocolate mousse. Though tasty, both should be avoided when required. Small packaged pudding cups with just 100 calories are available at the supermarket counters, making it easy to break our resolve. It would be hard to avoid desserts, but puddings are among those foods high in sugar that are best at a distance.
9. Frozen Desserts:
Amongst frozen desserts, frozen yoghurt is the best example that must be avoided. Frozen desserts are delicious, but contain about 25% sugar content. Ice creams fall under the same category along with milkshakes. Since everyone loves to have ice creams and milkshakes, the best solution is to opt for the light variety, which has lesser sugar.
10. French Fries:
French Fries are not sweet. But they are packed with all the components that give you extra sugar, calories, cholesterol and the resultant health conditions. Fries are prepared from potatoes, which in themselves are carbohydrates. The preparation process of French fries involves oil, which adds more calories to them. If there is one sugary food that could to be avoided completely, it is French fries.
Too much sweetness is addictive, so let’s take a pledge to avoid some of it. And let us know how this post has helped you! There is a comment box below.
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