Five products in your kitchen that are packed with sugar

Bowls of cereals
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Some of these foods and drinks might seem healthy, but have high levels of sugar.

There are some surprising products in your kitchen cupboards that have alarmingly high levels of sugar.

Most of them are eaten on a daily basis.

If you want to lower your sugar intake then you might want to cut back on some of these products.

Cereal

A large number of breakfast cereals aimed at children are loaded with sugar. The Daily Meal states that some cereals have more sugar than candy. Some cereals, like Kellogg’s Froot Loops, apparently contain 14.5 grams of sugar for every 35 gram serving. That’s around four teaspoons of sugar. As if that is not bad enough, many kids still add sugar to their cereal. Learn how to read nutritional labels, so that you can make the right choice when buying cereal for your children.

Salad dressing 

Eating salads packed with vegetables can be healthy, but adding dressing can quickly make them unhealthy. Store-bought salad dressings like balsamic vinaigrette can contain as much as 10 grams of sugar per serving, while some have been known to have up to 20 grams. It is probably best to make your own.

Bread

Bread is a staple food in many households, and is perfect for breakfast, lunch, and supper (on those lazy days). But according to a BBC report, some breads contain three grams of sugar per slice! Most people are likely to eat two or even three at a time, so those grams add up. Try making your own bread, or shopping for healthier options, even your local bakery might be a good option.

Low fat

Many weight watchers turn to low fat or fat free products to help them along their journey, but many don’t realise that they can actually have high sugar levels. In order to make these low fat products taste decent, manufacturers have to add quite a bit of sugar. A 2014 Telegraph report found that some fat-free drinking yoghurts contained as much sugar as a chocolate bar, while some low-fat meals had more sugar than the full-fat versions.

Fruit Juice 

Many people think drinking fruit juice is a healthier alternative to soft drinks, but you might be surprised to know that they also contain high amounts of sugar. Authority Nutrition reported that some even contain higher amounts of sugar than frizzy drinks. The ones labelled “100% pure” can also be just as unhealthy.

The moral of the story? Take the time to learn more about the things you are putting into your body and feeding your family.

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