These 8 foods are rich in hidden sugars

A lot of sugar is not only found in sweets and desserts. Even foods that we don’t associate with sweetness contain a lot. We present you eight hidden sugar traps

If you watch your diet and want to consume as little sugar as possible, you rarely eat candy or sweets and only indulge in dessert once in a while. After all, it is widely known that these foods contain large amounts of sugar. What is less well known, however, is that hidden sugar traps also lurk in many common foods.

Many products that regularly end up in the shopping cart and that we don’t immediately associate with sugar contain a lot of it. Strong spices, salt, and other aromas effortlessly push the sugar into the background, so that it is barely noticeable through the pure taste.

Because the food industry not only uses sugar to sweeten, but also values ​​it especially for its other properties: sugar is cheap, preserves food, gives body, improves flavor and consistency. In this way, producers can save on healthier but more expensive ingredients by using sugar.

While a look at the ingredient list may reveal the sugar content, the food industry is always finding new ways to disguise the sugar content. This is not always immediately apparent.

Sucrose, dextrose, raffinose, glucose, fructose syrup, malt extract, and sweet whey powder are just a few examples of terms that are not listed under “sugar” in the ingredient list, but are describe other forms of sugar.

The average German consumes 35 kilograms of sugar per year

According to statistics, Germans use about 35 kilograms of sugar, which is above average in a global comparison, Americans even handle 59 kilograms a year, not counting different types of syrup or honey. With consequences: obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular diseases are just a few examples: science is sounding the alarm, luxury food is strongly suspected of being involved in the development of many diseases of civilization.

The World Health Organization (WHO), on the other hand, recommends a Daily maximum of 50 grams of sugar. So that you don’t fall into one of the hidden sugar traps the next time you go shopping, here are the biggest and the least known.

fruit yogurt and yogurt drinks

Standing in front of the refrigerated section and looking at the colorful yogurt pots and cheerfully patterned yogurt drinks makes you feel good. The view suggests: here you can find completely healthy products, you can boldly grab them.

Actually trapped in a small cup fruit yogurt (150 grams) an average of seven sugar cubes. Therefore, a fruit yogurt is more of a sweet treat than a healthy snack in between. Anyone who likes to eat yogurt should therefore puree their own ripe fruit and mix it with plain yogurt.

The situation is similar with supposedly healthy people. yogurt drinks, which often come in flavors like raspberry, strawberry, or lemon. Anyone who likes to have a yogurt drink for an extra serving of calcium will get the extra serving of sugar included. A conventional bottle (500 milliliters) contains almost 22 sugar cubes.

Silke Restemeyer of the German Nutrition Society (DGE) advises reducing the amount of sugar in recipes from the start and preferring to sweeten later. Many dishes can also be refined with vanilla or cinnamon instead of sugar. According to Ökotest, a homemade yogurt drink contains only half the sugar. A low-sugar alternative to supermarket yoghurt drinks is also Ayran, a mixture of yoghurt and salt water.

Ketchup, barbecue sauces and dressings

Sugar also hides in salty foods like ketchup, barbecue sauces, and salad dressings. Apart from tomatoes, sugar is the main ingredient in commercial products. Ketchup. Depending on the type and manufacturer, there are up to 90 sugar cubes in a bottle (1 liter), so it’s no wonder that many children like to eat pasta with tomato sauce.

also some barbecue saucesSauces, especially barbecue sauces, often contain large amounts of sugar. As part of a market check, the consumer advisory center in Bremen tested 46 barbecue sauces last year (test summer 2021). The favorite among the barbecue sauces tested had 40.5 grams of sugar in 100 grams, some sweets contain similar amounts.

Also in finish salad dressings it is not stored with sugar. Depending on the manufacturer, they are made up of ten to twenty percent sugar. You can count on one or two sugar cubes per portion (corresponds to about 30 milliliters).

Herring and coleslaw

Another hidden sugar trap is herring and coleslaw. What is the sugar doing in such salads is a legitimate question. The fact is that in most cases herring salads there is a lot in the supermarket: an average of three sugar cubes per serving.

in coleslaw A similar picture emerges, especially with the popular white slaw, which pairs beautifully with hearty grilled meats, gyros, or burgers. Each serving (150 grams) contains the equivalent of 5 sugar cubes. If you want to avoid that, prepare your own salad. If that doesn’t work, it’s worth comparing products, because recipes vary from brand to brand.

cake made with eggs

Another sugar bomb that not everyone has on their list is the brownie. Although the bread-like slices taste slightly sweet, you don’t necessarily suspect that ten biscuits contain about five sugar cubes. If you still don’t want to do without the biscuits, you can look for the additional sugar-free versions.

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