The cat is finally out of the bag. Sugar is getting the bad rap it actually deserves. And most everyone is coming to terms with its negative effect on the body.
In fact, you could almost say that it’s the “new fat” of our times (i.e. the one thing we’ve been told to avoid for decades… even though it’s not actually bad for you; but that’s a different story altogether).
Given this, health-conscious people are doing their best to either eliminate or drastically reduce it from their diets. Sodas and sugary drinks are the first things to go. Those are followed by candies, baked goods such as cookie and pastries, and everything else that’s more or less sweet – not to mention, tasty.
And while the above are indeed packed with the disease causing substance, the reality is, most of the sugar you eat on a daily basis is lurking in places you’d never think of. That’s the reason these foods are so dangerous. Because, unlike the obvious sources of sugar or HFCS, you’re not likely to limit these as much.
As such, this article will expose 3 common, yet sneaky, sources of sugar to help you clean up your diet, better your health, and reach your fat loss goals faster.
Sneaky source of sugar #1: Ketchup. Did you know that almost a fourth of your run-of- the-mill ketchup (e.g. Heinz) consists of sugar? Actually, it’s high fructose corn syrup which is arguably worse.
But ketchup isn’t the only culprit. Many of our favorite sauces are packed with the sugary stuff such. A prime example is BBQ sauce. And while these toppings do indeed give food a big part of its taste, there’s no reason you can’t have your cake and eat it too. You can always make your own versions of these that will be healthier and probably tastier too. A simple Google search will show you the way.
Sneaky source of sugar #2: Salad dressing. Who doesn’t like pouring a rich dressing on their crisp lettuce, ripe tomatoes, carrots, and other nutritional powerhouses? Unfortunately, the stuff you’ll find on the supermarket shelves is likely to contain enough sugar to cancel out many of the health benefits of the veggies.
And that goes double if you opt for the low-fat versions. You see, when foods are stripped of their natural fat in order to save you calories (and boost sales due to clever and effective labeling) the flavor goes with it. In order to compensate for this, food manufacturers supplement with sugar. The end result is that you pack on the pounds… all the while thinking you’re making a smart shopping choice.
But no need to fret. You don’t have to eat boring salads or dry vegetables because of this. In fact, you can make your very own dressing that’s healthier and no doubt tastier. Plus, you’ll save a bundle in the process.
Sneaky source of sugar #3: Bread. As if bread wasn’t bad enough with its refined carbohydrate content – manufacturers are making it worse by adding sugar. But the question is why?
In a nutshell, the added sugar changes the texture of the bread. It helps the yeast retain moisture and it also makes for better browning. Finally, it gives it that sweeter taste you’re most likely used to. And while it does taste better with sugar added, that flavor comes at a cost.
Now, don’t think you’re out of the woods if you stick to “healthy breads” such as the whole grain kind. Even those get adulterated to improve taste and ultimately help sales.
And that goes for many other foods as well.
The fact is, if you’re not reading labels and doing your own research on ingredients, you’re likely taking in far more sugar than you should. And yes, it is a pain to do this for everything you eat. But after a while it will become habit and the benefits in terms of a fitter body and better health are more than worth it.
So, do your due diligence and reap the rewards!