There’s a reason that experts tell you to read nutrition labels. The chances are that many of your favorite foods are filled with sugar and sodium.
7. Barbecue Sauce
Who doesn’t love endless barbecue sauce on their ribs or wings? Just one tablespoon has about 6 grams of sugar. That’s what you have one wing probably. Think about how much you’ve taken in by the end of a meal.
When you think of ketchup, does your mind conjure up images of tomatoes? Well, your mind should also envision sugar and salt. Just one tablespoon of ketchup has 4 grams of sugar and 154 mg of sodium.
5. Spicy And Sweet
Do you like Sriracha sauce? You may be surprised to find out that sugar is the second ingredient after the hot chilis. It not only has the same amount of sugar as ketchup but twice the amount of sodium.
4. Watch The Yogurt
Those little containers of yogurt can add up to a lot of sugar. There are 18 grams of sugar in a single-serve container of Yoplait. Chobani is not much better with 14 grams of sugar. Buy the plain variety of yogurt and add a bit of fruit for sweetness.
3. Pasta Sauce
What exactly are you eating when you have your favorite dish of pasta? First, the pasta itself is full of starch. But, take a closer look at the pasta sauce. Store-bought pasta sauces are often made from inexpensive, dehydrated vegetables and other low-quality ingredients. Plus, the sauce is filled with sugar. Take a bit of extra time and make your own sauce.
2. Instant Oatmeal
Oatmeal is supposed to healthy. But, sugar is listed as the number two ingredient when it comes to instant oatmeal. In fact, one package contains 12 grams (3 teaspoons) of sugar. If you like oatmeal in the morning, go for the steel cut variety.
Even canned fruit packaged in light syrup can contain loads of sugar. A one-half cup serving of mandarin oranges in light syrup includes 5 teaspoons of sugar.