Here at EatingWell101.com, we love to bring you different articles that will help you eat better and thus, be healthier. Today however, this article was brought to our attention by Alicia and her wonderful students at ImprovEDU. Alicia emailed us because she and her students were working on a project where they are learning about healthy eating. Alicia, a tutor, and her students came across our website and found our article on eating well and your kids. They also came across another article on another website which listed 15 foods that are surprisingly high in sugar. ‘Good foods’ that you thought were safe. We will look at these good foods that you wouldn’t expect to have so much sugar.
Here Are Seven ‘Good Foods’ That
- Sports Drinks – These drinks are very popular today. Regular people consume these drinks instead of water because they believe that it falls under the good foods category. These drinks however, can have as much as 50 grams of sugar for every 12 ounces. These are definitely not something you want to be consuming on a regular basis.
- Ketchup – This condiment is one of the most popularly used in the world today. From hamburgers to french fries to pizza, people can’t get enough of this seemingly harmless food product. Ketchup is definitely not on the good foods list. Ketchup can contain as much as 6 grams of sugar per ounce. Children can eat their daily allotment of sugar from one meal using ketchup. This condiment should be used sparingly.
- Pasta Sauce – Eating pasta with pasta sauce surely must be a healthy meal right? Well that depends. Did you make the pasta sauce from scratch yourself or is it bought. This sauce can contain as much as 12 grams of sugar for every half cup. If you like to pour on the sauce when eating pasta, you could be getting your daily amount of sugar in one meal. This one of the good foods you would never suspect was loaded with sugar.
- Salad Dressing – How could eating vegetables be bad for you. It’s not, unless your salad is covered with traditional salad dressing. Salad dressing is definitely not one of the good foods we should be eating. Unless you make your own from scratch. Just two tablespoons of traditional salad dressing contains 70 calories and 12 grams of sugar. You wouldn’t expect this from something that helps people eat more fresh vegetables.
- Flavored Yogurt – We all think that when you eat yogurt, you are eating healthy. Well in just a small 6 ounce container of regular yogurt there is as much as 26 grams of sugar. If you eat three of these containers per day, you’re getting 78 grams of sugar just in yogurt. According to the American Heart Association, the amount of added sugar we should eat a day is 37.5 grams for men and 25 grams for women.
- Baked Beans – Certainly this has to fall under the ‘good foods’ banner right? Well it doesn’t. The Huffington Post UK stated that a can of Bush’s Country Style Baked Beans contains 56 grams of sugar. That’s more sugar than a Monster energy drink.
- Fruit Juices – Surely fruit juices have to be good for you. After all they contain fruit. Well not all fruit juices are created equally. Some 100% Apple Juices can contain as much as 65 grams of sugar per liter. Some 100% cranberry juices can contain 55 grams of sugar per liter.
When it comes to eating good foods, you really have to read the labels. Check out our article on Reading and understanding nutrition labels. It’s called Nutrition Labels 101. Good foods are all around us but you must know what to look for and what to avoid. We here at EatingWell101.com want to thank Alicia and her students at ImprovEDU for bringing this article to our attention. Remember don’t just eat, Eat Well.