SUGAR. It's everywhere and it hides very well, so you may not even realize how much sugar you're really taking in. I'm not even talking about our typical dessert foods. I'm talking about our drinks and savory foods. Our American diet is saturated in it and manufacturers have used sugar to make products more appealing to our taste buds. If you interview someone who visits the US from out of country, they will likely report our food is almost sickeningly sweet.
Did you know that popular sports drinks have the equivalent sugar content as over 9 cookies (uh, I'd rather just eat the 9 cookies)? Flavored Greek yogurt can have over 17 grams of sugar packed in a little container that's labeled as healthy. Are you a fan of margaritas? One single 12 ounce serving can have a whopping 60 grams of sugar! Non-dairy milks like soy, almond, rice and cashew can have added sugar (look for the unsweetened varieties). As a guide, the American Heart Association recommends no more than 25 grams of sugar for women and 30 grams for men a day. Can you see how we easily surpass this recommended amount?
Sugar is in a lot of things you wouldn't expect, so read labels. Look at your peanut butter, marinara sauce, gummy vitamins, bottled tea, energy bars and your salad dressings. But it's not as simple as looking for the word "sugar." There are 61 names for sugar! Some of the top names are sucrose, high fructose corn syrup, dextrose, maltose.
Check out this website by the University of California San Fransisco if you want to dig deeper into how sugar is hiding in our diet:
Were you surprised at how much sugar is hiding in our non-dessert foods?