Monday, February 24, 2014

The Amount of Hidden Sugar in Your Diet Might Shock You

Bowl of fruit and yogurt, nutrition, sugar 

Added sugar in our diet is a very recent phenomenon and only occurred when sugar, obtained from sugar cane, beet and corn, became very cheap to produce. It’s a completely unnecessary part of our calorie intake: it has no nutritional value, gives no feeling of fullness and is acknowledged to be a major factor in causing obesity and diabetes both in the UK and worldwide.

The food industry is adding more and more sugar to food, which consumers are largely unaware of, as it is mostly hidden. 

While it may not be surprising that a can of Coca Cola has a staggering nine teaspoons of sugar (35g), similar amounts can be found in the most unlikely of foods, including flavoured water (Volvic Touch of Fruit Lemon/Lime 27.5g per 500ml), yogurts (Yeo Valley Family Farm 0% Fat Vanilla Yogurt 20.9g per 150g pot), canned soup (Heinz Classic Tomato Soup 14.9g per 300g portion), ready meals (Pot Noodle Curry King Pot, 7.6g per portion) and even bread (Hovis Soft White Bread, 1.4g in one medium-sized slice).

You might opt for 0% fat in your yoghurt but what if it also comes with five teaspoons of sugar? Or how about these:

Sugar chart, nutrition

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