Many types of foods, touted as healthy in that they are low fat, low-calorie or low in carbohydrates, surprisingly, are high in sugar. We, as a society, largely depend on the labeling of our foods to ensure that they coincide with the diet of our choice. We must look past the large, bold lettering on the front of the package, and start to scrutinize more closely the nutritional label on the back.
Sugar in Surprising Places
It is natural for you to assume that if a so-called “healthy” product is low in calories or carbohydrates, that it will be low in sugar as well, but that is not always the case. A variety of food contains naturally occurring sugar. These are the products in the stores advertising, no sugar added. Then there are the products that have added sugar. Just because a product has sugar doesn’t make it unhealthy, but when the grams of sugar exceed what’s acceptable, it may inhibit weight gain, or ruin your efforts to maintain your weight. Let us take a look at 3 types foods that are surprisingly high in sugar:
What would a low fat or low calorie diet be without yogurt? There is a tremendous selection of brands and flavors from which to choose, but not all of them are without their sugar drawbacks.
- Dannon Plain fat free yogurt has 12 grams of sugar
- Dannon Light and Fit Vanilla flavored yogurt has 11 grams of sugar
- Yoplait yogurt Light and Fat free Banana Cream Pie flavored includes 11 grams of sugar
2. Frozen Low-Fat, Low Calorie Dessert
Popular low fat, low calorie desserts are a great way to reward yourself when successfully losing weight; however, with a closer look, the content of many of them are rather high.
- Skinny Cow Low Fat cones contain 17 grams of sugar in the Chocolate with Fudge and Mint with Fudge, and a slightly larger amount of 18 grams in the Vanilla with Caramel
- Weight Watchers Ice Cream Cup, Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough beats a lot of the other desserts with its 22 grams of sugar per 6 oz serving
3. Fruit in Jars or Cans
Here are some of the most common brands and varieties of canned or jarred fruits that may be low in calories and fat, but are full of sugar.
- Dole Pineapple slices contain a whopping 16 grams of sugar per slice
- Del Monte Lite Pear Halves offers up a significant amount of sugar for every ½ cup serving, 14 grams to be exact
- Del Monte’s lite fruit cocktail, although 100% fat free, includes 14 grams of sugar
The next time you go food shopping, be sure to take a close look at the nutritional value of each item. Never take it for granted that the “healthy” food will not contain amounts of sugar that could inhibit your diet.