4 Surprising Sugar Bombs To Avoid

June 29, 2018

Avoid Sugar Bombs - The Juice Kit

You decided that 2018 was going to be the year of clean living. You cut out fried foods and limit dessert to a monthly treat. But, for some reason, the numbers on the scale don’t seem to be shifting. Why? The short answer: Sugar. Most foods – even those that claim to be “low-calorie” and “low-fat” – are actually sugar traps to be avoided. Start by cutting these four foods out of your diet, and we guarantee you’ll see the difference in a matter of weeks.

  1. Energy bars

An energy bar may be a convenient on-the-go snack, and great for fuelling up just before a workout. However, many of these bars are just as sweet and nutrient-deficient as candy bars. Each bar can pack up to three teaspoons of sugar, without offering much by way of fibre and protein. Some bars, though, are better than others, so start be closely examining nutritional labels and ingredients lists closely, and opt for bars with 6g or less of sugar. Better yet, swap those bars for in favour heart-healthy nuts like almonds, walnuts, peanuts or sunflower and pumpkin seeds as your on-the-go snack.

  1. Low-fat yoghurt

You’ve heard about all the benefits of eating yoghurt regularly: Calcium for strong teeth and bones, muscle-repairing amino acids and probiotics that aid in digestion. But not all yoghurt is made equal. Plain, low-fat yogurts are nutritional powerhouses, but flavoured ones usually pack a mean sugar punch! While plain low-fat yogurt only contains naturally occurring sugars, up to half the amount of sugar in the flavoured variety can come from added sugars – as much as 16 to 28 grams of sugar (or four to seven teaspoons) in each serving! Plain Greek yoghurt is the healthiest option. If you really need to satisfy that sweet tooth, fresh fruit, or a light drizzle of honey in your yoghurt will do the trick. 

  1. Processed fruit juices and dried fruit

Fruit juices may seem like the healthy alternative to soft drinks, but we’re sorry to tell you that they can contain as much sugar as regular soda. Fruit juices that come in cartons or bottles usually contains added sugar, and the juice from the actual fruit is so diluted there is little to no nutritional value in them at all. Instead, go for whole fruit or cold-pressed juices. Dried fruit usually has added sugar too, so you’re much better off eating the fresh variety. 

  1. Cereal

You probably already know that your childhood favourites like Fruit Loops, Cocoa Puffs and Cheerios are no longer acceptable breakfast foods. So, you’ve made the switch “adult” cereals loaded with whole grains, vitamins and minerals. But even seemingly healthy cereal usually contains up to nine types of sugar, including fructose, sucrose (high-fructose corn syrup), sugar and honey. For a healthier start to the day, opt for a warm, comforting bowl of oats (the quick cooking kind) and to liven it up, simply add fruit as such berries, apples or peaches to it.

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