There are over 60 code names for sugar.* Certain companies have no problems trying to mislead the public when using these code names on their labels. Here are three foods to look out for the next time you’re in the grocery store so you can be more readily prepared to keep a look out for them.
1) Low-Fat Yogurt-Low fat yogurts typically have added sugars in them to enhance flavoring. For example, a single cup (245 grams) of low-fat yogurt can contain up to 47 grams of sugar, which is 12 teaspoons.*
2) BBQ Sauce-2 tablespoons of bbq sauce can contain around 14 grams of sugar, or over 3 teaspoons.* Up to 40% of the weight of BBQ sauce may be pure sugar. Exercising wise portion control or staying away from bbq sauce completely would be the most ideal way to approach this product in the future.
3) Protein Bars- Not all protein bars are created equal. While there are indeed some protein bars that have hardly any sugar in them, others can have up to around 30 grams of added sugar, making them similar to a candy bar.*
In conclusion, reading the labels of the items that you’re interested in before you buy them is the smartest thing you can do as opposed to assuming that certain items you’re interested in contain little to no sugar. As always, please consult your healthcare provider before making any changes to your diet and exercise regimen.