11 Foods High in Sugar You Need To Avoid
Foods that are high in sugar:
- Low-fat yogurt – Although yogurt is generally highly nutritious, not all yogurt is the same. Many low-fat products have added sweeteners, to enhance the flavor. For example, a single cup (245 grams) of low-fat yogurt can contain over 45 grams of sugar, which basically means 11 teaspoons. It’s a lot. When you’re choosing which types of yogurt to buy, look for those who have the least amount of added sugar. Also, if you choose one without any fruits, not only can you add your own, but you can also control its sugar content.
- Barbeque (BBQ) sauce – Barbecue sauce is definitely one of the best sauces ever made! However, 2 tablespoons of sauce can contain around 9 grams of sugar. To be more specific, around 33% of the weight of BBQ sauce is pure sugar. If you want to make sure you’re not getting too much, it’s best if you check the labels and choose the sauce with the least amount of sugar.
- Ketchup – If the barbecue sauce is one of the best, ketchup is definitely a classic! But just like the BBQ sauce, it’s really sweet.
- Fruit juice – Fruit juice will give you lots of vitamins and minerals, just as the entire fruit can. However, if you buy it already made, make sure you choose one that’s 100% fruit juice, as sugar-sweetened versions can do you more damage than good.
- Spaghetti sauce – While all types of spaghetti sauces will have some natural sugars given the fact that they’re made with tomatoes, some might contain an exaggerated amount of sugar. The best way to avoid any unwanted sugar in your pasta sauce is to make your own.
- Sports drinks – Many people who exercise believe that sports drinks are healthy options. But truth is, they aren’t. Sports drinks have originally been made to hydrate and fuel trained athletes during prolonged, intense periods of exercise. So, naturally, they contain high amounts of sweeteners that can be easily absorbed and used for energy. Sports drinks have been labeled as sugary drinks, and just like soda and sugar-sweetened fruit juice, they’ve been linked to obesity and metabolic disease.