5 Foods

Health & Nutrition - - NUTRITION UPDATE -

don’t have to be sweet to con­tain added sugar, that ex­perts say to avoid.

Tomato sauce may con­tain more sugar than any other in­gre­di­ent in it. The more ‘ready-to-serve’ a prod­uct is, the more likely it is to be laden with sugar.

You of­ten get sugar in­stead of healthy veg­etable oils in ‘re­duced-fat’ dress­ings. They con­tain up to 3 grams of sugar per ta­ble­spoon – about the same con­cen­tra­tion, by weight, as a reg­u­lar soft drink.

As nu­tri­tious as beans are, you’re bet­ter off buy­ing them with­out the 20 grams of sugar per cup found in sweeter canned va­ri­eties of baked beans.

We’re not talk­ing about the sugar-coated kids’ ce­re­als, but the healthy-sound­ing choices that nonethe­less pack a sur­pris­ing sugar kick. Fi­bre-rich ce­re­als typ­i­cally con­tain 10-15 grams of sugar per serv­ing.

They seem healthy but can re­ally be just crunchy de­liv­ery mech­a­nisms for sugar. Choco­late and other coat­ings can eas­ily bring the to­tal to 20 grams per bar.

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