Day 5: Sneaky Sugar Sources
The month of Valentine’s comes with a lot of “sugary goodness.” And for many Americans, the sugar party keeps going all year long. We care about your health too much to keep this info from you: A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association connects a higher percentage of calories from added sugar with a significantly increased risk of dying from heart disease. Drinking sugar-sweetened beverages is an obvious sugar source. Consider foods where sugar content isn’t so obvious:
- Yogurt – Consider sweetening your own plain yogurt with fruit instead of buying fruit-flavored yogurt. Even plain yogurt can be loaded with sugar. Be a label-looker and compare yogurts for sugar content.
- Breakfast cereal – Yes, even whole grain and organic granolas can have a significant amount of sugar.
- Snack or energy bars – Check the sugar content because cereal and energy bars vary widely.
- Condiments – Ketchup, barbecue sauce, salad dressing, hoisin sauce, teriyaki and pickle relish all bring sugar to the meal.