HEALTH

7 FOODS (ALMOST UNTHINKABLE) WHERE SUGAR HIDES

80% of prepackaged food contains sugar, which makes it difficult to avoid this substance. Sugar has been used for centuries as a basic ingredient to flavor certain foods such as cakes, candies, or cookies. 

In addition to these products which are usually sweet, sugar has also been added to other foods to make them tastier and convince us to buy more and more.

 The so-called ” bliss point “, that is the point of bliss, is that degree of optimal sweetness that the food industries seek to make a product sweet at the right point and which creates a certain addiction to induce us, consumers, to buy it back.

When we consume sugar, the pleasure centers in our brain are activated and this makes us feel good. A chemical element called dopamine is released thanks to which we feel this sense of pleasure. And so we continue to take in sugars, even unknowingly through foods where they shouldn’t be, and it is difficult for us to do without them.

If you’re looking to cut out the sugar, make sure you don’t sabotage your mission with some foods that contain a lot of hidden sugars! (First clue: everything that ends with “ose” is sugar):

1.SAUCES, READY-MADE GRAVIES AND DRESSINGS

Ready-made sauces, ketchup, barbecue sauces, salad dressings, and other miscellaneous dressings contain a lot of sugar, and even some companies that make them recommend consuming them once a week.

2.CANNED VEGETABLES

When I tried not to consume sugar for a month, I was surprised to find that sugar was even contained in peas, beans, tomatoes, and other canned vegetables. It is added not only to flavor but also to extend the shelf life of the product.

3.DIET FOODS

Often in attractive packaging and with a healthy appearance, they are high in sugar. An example is the energy bars. Even dietary or low-fat foods are deceptive because often the fat that is removed is just replaced. Guess what? From sugar.

Indicators of hidden sugar in food

  • Sucrose
  • Dextrose
  • Glucose
  • Lactose
  • Raffinose
  • Maltose
  • Maltodextrin
  • Glucose syrup
  • High fructose corn syrup
  • Caramel syrup
  • Corn syrup

4.BREAKFAST CEREA

These cereals contain a lot of hidden sugars, especially if the content is colorful and sweet. Many grains that look healthy contain more sugar than a piece of cake. Better not to spike your blood sugar levels early in the morning.

5.SUSHI RICE

Sushi is often associated with the idea of ​​healthy food but unfortunately, it contains sugar. Many may not know that sugar is included in the rice recipe used for sushi.

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6.BREAD

Especially the white one but also of other types, in the bread there is sugar. Whole-grain alternatives are usually healthier, but they can also contain a lot of sugar and often worse than those contained in white bread. The right dose should be 4g per 100g of bread. Better to go to your trusted baker or even better, make bread at home.

7.DRIED FRUIT AND SMOOTHIES

If fresh fruit contains natural fructose, dried fruit instead contains concentrated sugar. So if you indulge in some dried fruit snacks thinking you’re eating something healthy, you’re getting a lot of sugar.

Even smoothies, which today are one of the symbols of a healthy eating style, can contain a lot of sugars, especially those purchased. These smoothies are high in fructose and the fibers are pulverized so that they cannot act as a barrier and slow down the absorption of sugars. 

Smoothie tip:

When buying or making smoothies, opt for those with 2/3 vegetables and 1/3 fruit.

Some KissAnime useful information to read the label:

  • 1 gram of sugar contains 4 calories
  • 4 grams of sugar is 1 teaspoon of sugar / 1 lump

Remember that life is all about balance: it’s not about eliminating products from your diet but about taking them with moderation and awareness. If you are looking to eliminate sugar, leave us a comment.