No Sugar Top 5

by in Blog Posts, Wellness May 18, 2016

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Day 3 of the #NoSugarChallenge!!

Let’s hear from some of you today!
How are you doing?
What is your biggest struggle?
Do you find that you have a harder time with no sugar at a certain time during the day? What do you feel good about that you have done over the first 2 days?

Let’s stay positive! Hold each other accountable and engage – share your thoughts, questions, wins and struggles on the Facebook page or in comments!!

AGAIN, keep in mind that ONE teaspoon of added sugar equals 4 grams.

So let’s say 21 grams of sugar in a protein bar is equal to about 5+ teaspoons of added sugar.
Women’s RDA for sugar intake is around 25 grams (6 teaspoons)
Men’s RDA for sugar intake is around 36 grams (9 teaspoons)
Simple math can show you how it can be very easy to exceed your recommended daily allowance without even knowing it!!

Now that we are aware of all of the names that SUGAR can be disguised as, let’s look at the TOP 5 FOODS with added sugars that you may not be thinking about.

  1. BREAD! Check your labels. Bread is one of the most highly processed foods that we consume. Some brands are MUCH better than others. Check your pantry! How many grams of sugar per slice of bread is in the brand you use?
  2. CONDIMENTS & DRESSINGS! Check your labels AND your portion sizes!!  Added sugars can add up even quicker with condiments, dressings and sauces because portion sizes are usually around 1-2 tbsps and consumers usually use much more than that.
  3. REDUCED FAT YOGURT! There is natural sugar in dairy, which is ok. But if the fat is taken out of a food product, food companies have to make it taste good or consumers won’t buy it. That usually means adding sodium and sugar!!  Labels don’t differentiate between what is “added” and what is “natural” in dairy products; but you can compare plain yogurt to the others to get a better idea.
  4. SMOOTHIES!  Are all the rage and for good reason! BUT, if you are not making it at home, ask if the smoothie is made with whole fruit or concentrated fruit juice; and always have some protein in there 😉
  5. CEREALS! Again, check your labels!  Almost all breakfast cereals are high in sugar; even the “healthy” ones. More importantly, check your portions.  I don’t know anyone who eats only 3/4 of a cup of cereal.

If you have questions about specific brands or other foods, post your questions!

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