Top Hidden Sugar Food


Nutritionist Theresa Albert shows us the worst foods that hide shocking amounts of sugar, and suggests healthier alternatives.


A new study published in the Journal of American Medicine made waves by showing as little as 10 per cent of your daily calories consumed in the form of any sugar can double your risk of death from heart disease.  That's not hard to do! Most of us already consume about 25 per cent of our daily calories in the form of sugar, so we need to get our sugar intake down to 5 per cent, which looks like half a can of soda or juice each day.  The scariest part is, many of our foods contain hidden sugars. Here are the top hidden sugar foods Theresa wants you to watch out for!


Top Hidden Sugar Foods: Bagels

Sugar in a plain bagel: 3 grams
Sugar in 2 tbsp of peanut butter: 3 grams
Sugar in 2 tbsp of jam: 13 grams

What's a healthier alternative?

Whole grain rye, natural peanut butter and one teaspoon of honey.  If you need something sweet here add half a teaspoon of honey — it's still sugar, but a little goes a long way.  Honey also has antibacterial, antifungal properties, as well as anti-oxidants and minerals to contribute along with its sugar.


Top Hidden Sugar Foods: Coleslaw

Sugar in ½ cup of creamy coleslaw: 20 grams

What's a healthier alternative?

Oil and vinegar on homemade coleslaw mix.

Breakfast Cereal

Top Hidden Sugar Foods: Breakfast Cereal

Sugar in 1.5 cups of breakfast cereal: 15 grams

What's a healthier alternative?

Breakfast cereal is not for breakfast, it is a treat! Have a boiled egg or a piece of cheese. We have to go low carb first thing in the morning to set the blood sugar level for the day.

Spaghetti Sauce

Top Hidden Sugar Foods: Spaghetti Sauce

Sugar in ½ cup of spaghetti sauce: 15 grams

What's a healthier alternative?

Reduce the amount of sauce and stir in baby spinach to bulk it up.

Pulled Pork

Top Hidden Sugar Foods: Pulled Pork

The issue here is the barbecue sauce.

Sugar in 2 tbsp of bbq sauce: 12-16 grams

Most pulled pork recipes have both barbecue sauce and tomato sauce plus brown sugar. This equates to about 45 grams of sugar for one serving of pulled pork on a bun.

What's a healthier alternative?

If you like the sweet pork kind of dish, do a maple/soy pork tenderloin. It is much leaner and you can control the amount of sugar in the dish. Theresa shares her recipe right here.


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