Is Sugar ‘Sneaking’ Into Your Diet?

We all know that lollies like these are full of sugar, but how much sugar is 'hiding' in foods you eat everyday?

If you read my ‘Syndrome X’ blog last week (click on link to read:  you would have learned that one of the reasons why this condition is on the rise is due to the increase in high GI foods in our everyday diet.  Sugar is one of the hidden ‘evils’ that is becoming an increasing part of our daily intake due to the increase in consumption of processed / convenience foods – in fact, it is estimated that the average Australian  consumes 22 teaspoons of sugar daily!

You might think “That’s impossible – I don’t even have sugar in my tea and coffee!” but it’s the sugar you are not aware you are eating that is the big problem.

Let’s take the average ‘healthy’ breakfast:  If you wake up and have a 1 cup of Nutri-grain with 1/2 cup of skim milk, followed by a piece of wholemeal toast with 1 tsp of honey which is all washed down with a 250ml glass of orange juice, then you have just consumed around 10 teaspoons of sugar…REALLY!

It’s not just sweet tasting foods that contain sugar!  So many so-called ‘savoury’ foods also have a high sugar content:  for example 1 Tblsp of Tomato sauce has 1 tsp sugar, 1 jar of pasta sauce has around 4 tsp sugar and even a Big Mac contains 1 tsp sugar!

So what can you do to limit your sugar intake?  The easiest thing to do is cut down on the amount of processed foods in your diet – you can pretty much guaranteed that any food which comes in a tin or a jar will have some sugar added.  

Secondly, when you do buy processed foods, take time to look at the Nutrition Information label.  Look at the ‘Carbohydrates – Sugars’ heading and see how much sugar per 100g.  This figure indicates how much sugar has been added to the food.  If you take Nutri-Grain for example, there is 32g of sugar per 100g which is almost 1/3 of the total cereal!  As a general rule of thumb, if the ‘Sugars’ figure is 10g or more per 100g, then this food is too high in added sugars.       

The Natural Way is not just a weight loss programme – we are committed to educating our clients on the right and wrong food choices, so once she / he arrives at their goal weight, they know exactly how to eat to maintain their trim new figure.  To find out more about The Natural Way and how we can help you achieve great weight loss results, please call 1300 SLIMMER (7546637).

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About Lose Weight With Sue

I am a naturopath for The Natural Way. We have 24 clinics nationally that help people to lose weight & educate on how to keep it off.
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