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Sugar is in More Foods Than You Think

I don’t eat much sugar! Who’s said that one before?

Now here’s the thing: sugar is not evil. Natural sugars can be found in fruits, vegetables, and other nutrient-packed whole foods.

But the issue most people run into is through excessive consumption of added sugars. Sure, you’ll find added sugars in that slice of cake – but did you know you’ll also find it in everything from tomato sauce to protein powder?

Quick, processed foods love to sneak in extra sugars to make their products taste better. That sugar can go by different names, such as: maltodextrin, sucrose, dextrin, and over 50 more.

So what to do?

  1. Read the labels, always.
  2. Try upgrading your favorites.

Replace ketchup with natural tomato paste. That flavored yogurt? Swap it with greek yogurt or a wholesome coconut milk variety. Cereal? Try puffed brown rice with chopped almonds.

Does that mean no cake, ever? Heck no. But little swaps do add up. Considering that refined sugars have been linked to acne, depression, heart disease, and cancer – it might be worth keeping in mind.

Below are some foods you might be surprised to find have quite a bit of sugar. Keep in mind that in a 2000 calorie diet, you should only be eating no more than 25g of added sugar a day.  

Food Serving Sugar
Jam 1 TB 12g
Yogurt 1 Cup 17g
Iced Tea 8 oz 22g
Canned Soup 1 Cup 18g
Cereal 1 Cup 16g
Ketchup 2 TB 8g
Supplements 1 Scoop 20g
Nut Butter 2 TB 4g
Pasta Sauce 1/2 Cup 9g

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