Steer Clear Of These Sugar-Packed “Healthy” Foods
These Hidden Sources of Sugar can Lead to Nutrient Deficiencies and Keep Your Metabolism From Working Properly
- Smoothies and Shakes
Most of us enjoy stopping into a Smoothie joint and getting a berry smoothie. Unfortunately, these are loaded with added sugars and actually contain very little real nutrition.
The average smoothie contains 40-80 grams of sugar in a 16-20oz drink. That is 4-8 tbsps of sugar. If you get the larger sizes (32oz is most popular), you could get 120-150 grams (12-15 tbsps) of sugar right there!
Today, most people assume that yogurt is healthy because it contains calcium, magnesium, protein and probiotics. Unfortunately, the amount of sugar within these acts as an anti-nutrient, decreasing the utilization rate of these key nutrients.
Some of these contain 20-30 grams of added sugars in the form of high fructose corn syrup.
Even Greek yogurt, which is touted as the healthiest form of yogurt contains 6-9 grams of sugar in a serving. That is about a full tbsp of sugar. This is much better than sugar sweetened yogurts but still more than most people realize.
- Protein and SuperFood Bars
In the health food industry, there are greens bars and other superfood and protein based bars that are full of date sugar or honey that are simple sugars that cause inflammation and blood sugar imbalances.
Many of these also contain 20-30+ grams of sugar in a simple bar. That is 2-3 tbsps of sugar per bar.
- Green Juices
In the health realm, there are all kinds of green juices but most of them use a fruit juice as a base.
Many of these have 20-30+ grams (2-3+ tbsps) of sugar per cup
I don’t care how many superfoods they put in these drinks, that level of sugar acts as an inflammatory stimulant and depletes the body of vital nutritional stores. It also promotes fat storage and will totally mess up your metabolism.
- Dried Fruits
Most people think that having a handful of raisins or craisins (dried cranberries) are a healthy snack. Many granola’s are full of dried fruit.
These are loaded with added and concentrated sugars. One quarter cup of craisins contains 29 grams, nearly 3 tbsps, of sugar!
Can you believe these “healthy” foods could be holding you back from losing the weight you deserve?