We all know the harm of a lot of sugar firsthand. There are skin problems, excess weight, fatigue and, if we get carried away, more serious health problems. With this knowledge, we stop putting sugar in our coffee and tea, and limit our consumption of cakes and chocolates. But there are foods that hide their high sugar content behind the label of healthfulness, and we are often unaware of the threat they pose to our bodies. Here are five foods that contain sugar, which can be an unpleasant surprise.
Skimmed milk products
When choosing curd, yogurt or kefir, we are used to looking only at the percentage of fat. However, fat-free products often have a much more harmful effect on our figures than their fatty counterparts. It is not possible to make a fat-free product from natural whole milk, which is why it is artificially skimmed. After this simple procedure, the product loses not only the percentage of fat, but also taste and marketable appearance. To correct the latter, manufacturers add starch, preservatives and colourings, while for the former they add sugar. Lots of sugar. Fat cottage cheese (5%) will do much less damage to your figure than skim cottage cheese, and will satiate you for a long time.
Instagram bloggers with the perfect figure show off their breakfasts in srories every now and then: usually smoothies and granola. But don’t forget that this is just a picture, on which the same oatmeal or plate of cottage cheese would look much less attractive. It’s true that the granola you buy in supermarkets often consists of more than just whole grains and nuts. There are colourings, preservatives, flavourings of all kinds and, of course, a ton of added sugar. Granola will only become a fitness breakfast if you make it yourself at home. This is the only way to be one hundred percent sure that there is nothing unnecessary in the composition.
The debate over the usefulness of dried fruit goes on and on, but one thing we can say for sure: it has a lot of sugar. Unlike the previous foods on this list, it’s not added, but quite natural. In the process of drying, the fruit loses only water, and all the vitamins, antioxidants and fructose (fruit sugar) remain intact. This means that eating a kilo of apricots is not the same as eating a kilo of apricots. Nutritionists do not recommend eating dried fruit in excess of 3-4 pieces per day.
Soy milk with flavourings
Lactose-free has become one of the biggest trends in nutrition, and many people are switching to plant-based milk even without a medical reason. Such milk does have many benefits, only if you buy it in its pure form. The popular chocolate milk, banana milk, vanilla soya milk is clearly not a product worth consuming on a daily basis. Not only do they add a huge amount of sugar, but the bananas are unlikely to be real. A single latte on banana milk is fine if you fancy it, but it’s not a good choice for your daily diet.
Oatmeal is a great breakfast option if brewed from natural oats. A porridge from a bag of blueberries, strawberries or tropical fruit has neither the fruit nor the oatmeal itself in the form it should be. So that oats, which normally take at least 20-25 minutes to boil, become ready to eat 3 minutes after you pour boiling water over them, they are put through several stages of processing. At each of these stages, the oatmeal loses its health benefits and you end up with carbs plus a decent amount of sugar and additives. It’s better to spend 20 minutes in the morning or make ‘lazy oatmeal’ in the evening and have a delicious, healthy breakfast full of nutrients rather than extra sugar.