If you’re eliminating sugar from your diet – you need to ban these 8 foods that have more sugar than a Twinkie! Sarah Klein at HuffPo brought us this list of 8 foods to cut from your diet if you’re seeking to slim down and gain greater health.
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Eliminating Sugar from your Diet? Ban These First!
Yogurt: An 8-ounce container of vanilla can run around 31 grams of sugar and a 6-ounce container of fruit-flavored yogurt can set you back 32 grams. But there’s one stat to steer clear of at all costs: Any yogurt with 30 grams or more — more than a Snickers bar — is “pure garbage” Jayne Hurley, a senior nutritionist at the Center for Science in the Public Interest, told Runner’s World.
Tomato Sauce: A serving of canned or bottled tomato sauce is usually about half of a cup, but most of us eat closer to a cup of sauce with our noodles, according to EatingWell magazine. A number of brands pack 11 or 12 grams into a half-cup serving, making a cup of sauce on par with a Twinkie in terms of sugar.
Granola Bars: Depending on the brand and the size of the bar, a serving may have anywhere from 11 to 22 grams of sugar.
Fat-Free Salad Dressing: A serving of salad dressing is generally a couple of tablespoons — but restaurants especially can be very heavy-handed: You could be eating up to a cup of dressing. Fat-free French packs 42 grams of sugar, Italian, 20 grams and fat-free Thousand Island, 43, just to name a few.
Muffins: today’s muffins have become so super-sized, they’re packed with sky-high amounts of sugar. A range of muffins surveyed by WebMD clocked in everywhere from 16 to a whopping 32 grams of sugar.
Canned Fruit: There’s plenty of natural sugar in fruit, but the particular problem with canned or other packaged varieties is that many are packed in sugar-laden syrup. Even in light syrup, a one-cup serving of canned peaches can have 32 grams of sugar and pears can have around 30.
Smoothies: Popular brands can contain anywhere from 38 grams of sugar to 70 grams, to over 100, depending on the ingredients and the size. Your best bet is to make your own at home with fresh fruit and nonfat yogurt.
Cereal: The worst offender — Kellogg’s Honey Smacks — contains 20 grams of sugar per serving. Over 40 other picks contained more than 11 grams of sugar per serving, more than three Chips Ahoy! cookies.
Did any on this list surprise you? Many of these, like yogurt and tomato sauce, are often considered healthy. Yet cutting them from your diet would be a wise choice. Eliminating sugar from your diet will help you slim down and get healthy!