Watch out for these hidden sugar bombs!
So you have been steadfastly avoiding soda, cookies, and all manner of sweets. But while you skip adding sugar to your food and drinks, you may not realize that there is sugar hidden in a lot of what we eat every day. Besides causing weight gain, consuming too much sugar can lead to a wide range of health issues and increase your risk for diseases such as diabetes. Here we shine the spotlight on 10 common foods that pack a sneaky sugar punch!
Health Promotion Board’s Recommended Added Sugar Intake: <10% of dietary energy, approximately 8 to 11 teaspoons daily
Sports drinks and vitaminised water help to provide you with an energy boost during or after a workout, but these colourful drinks should be consumed in moderation. Flavoured waters can contain up to 8 teaspoons of sugar per bottle — nearly an entire day’s recommended intake of no more than 40 grams! Stick to plain ol’ H2O or try fruit- infused water.
Bottled Pasta Sauces
Surely fruits cannot be bad for you, can they? Yes, if they are dried fruits. A handful of dried cranberries, for example, can contain up to eight teaspoons of sugar! This is because naturally tart fruits such as raisins, prunes and cranberries are processed with extra sugar. Buy unsweetened varieties instead, or try your hand at homemade dried fruits.
Bottled Fruit Juice
Coffee and Tea
Information Credits: www.rodalewellness.com; www.everydayhealth.com; www.webmd.com; www.shape.com; www.hpb.gov.sg