It’s time to get Sugar Shocked. Every day, you may be among millions, who are unknowingly gorging on some 60 to 90 teaspoons of Sneaky Hidden Sugars™, as I call them.
Without realizing it, you may be overdosing on hidden sweeteners a whopping 22 times a day, as I revealed in Part 1 of this blog post.
How did I arrive at this astounding figure?
If you’re eating or drinking processed foods and beverages from bottles, cans, jars or packages, you may be shoveling in Sneaky Hidden Sugars repeatedly into your poor body.
Now, in Part 2, I’ll show you the many “innocent,” subtle and unlikely places where Sneaky Hidden Sugars hide.
Remember, whenever you eat hidden sugars, they can put your sugar cravings into high gear.
Now discover how easily Sneaky Hidden Sugars can slip into your body 22 times a day without your consent.
- 6 or 7 a.m.: You pour 1/4 cup of soy milk (which contains about 1/3 of a teaspoon of sugar), along with 1 teaspoon of sugar into one a large cup of coffee or tea before you head out to work or drive the kids to school. (That’s 1 1/3 tsp. of sugar.)
- 8 a.m.: You hurriedly down an allegedly healthy 6-ounce container of fruit-flavored yogurt before leaving home. (6 teaspoons of sugar—double the amount of sugar in plain low-fat yogurt. Please note that the sugar in plain yogurt is naturally occurring and therefore may be okay for many to consume—that is, if you don’t have medical reasons to avoid dairy.)
- 9 a.m.: When you get to work, you gulp down another two cups of coffee, with more sugar. (Add 2 teaspoons of sugar.)
- 12 p.m.: For lunch, you virtuously order a salad, but then you pour on two packets of pomegranate vinaigrette (While sugar content in vinaigrette dressings vary, this particular type has about 4.5 teaspoons of sugar.)
- Also, 12 p.m: You toss in about 1/3 cup of dried cranberries to your salad. (Add roughly 9 1/2 teaspoons of mostly added sugar.)
- Same time: With your midday meal, you have half a whole wheat bagel, thinking you’re being “good” by not eating the whole thing. (4/5 of a teaspoon of sugar.)
- Still lunchtime: For vital protein, you toss in a generous portion (4 ounces) of antibiotic-free turkey onto your salad. (That’s 1 teaspoon of sugar that comes from honey and maple syrup. Yes, most kinds of deli meats contain sweeteners.)
- 2 p.m.: When your throat gets scratchy, you take two cough drops. (Add another 1.5 teaspoons or more of sugar that comes from both sugar and starch syrup, a sugar-based syrup.)
- 3 p.m.: While facing deadlines at work and/or being upset because your child got a failing grade in math, you nervously chew two pieces of gum. (Calculate another 3 teaspoons. But sugarless gum is no better. The sweet taste can cause insulin surges, according to researchers from the Washington University School of Medicine, as reported in the journal Diabetes Care. Plus, compelling research suggests that sugar-free foods may activate sugar cravings.)
- 4 p.m.: For a snack, you gobble two big spoonfuls (about 2 tablespoons) of almond butter onto three pieces of celery. (Again, you think you’re being “so good,” but oops, two tablespoons of the brand you selected has about 3/4 teaspoons of sugar.
- Same time: You also nosh on 15 wheat crackers. (Some brands have no added sugar—which I’ll tell you about in an upcoming blog post—but this one has 1 teaspoon.)
Wait your sugar-filled day is only half over. Here’s what the rest of your typical day may look like: