10 Foods With Unexpectedly High Sugar Contents

Keeping a balanced diet is about more than just counting calories. If you expect to lead a healthy lifestyle, you need to makes sure you have the right amount of carbohydrates, proteins and fats in your diet. One thing many of us fail to account for however, is the amount of sugar we may be consuming without even realizing it. Many foods that appear to be harmless can actually have a very adverse effect on your diet. Feeling dehydrated or bloated, for example, can be a sign of hidden sugar contained in the food you are consuming. Here are 10 foods with unexpectedly high sugar contents that can be throwing your diet off balance.

1. Ketchup

One of the most popular condiments in the world, ketchup is a common addition to many meals. Most people seem to think that if they're having a healthy sandwich for lunch adding a few tablespoons of ketchup could hardly have any impact. Most people, however, would be wrong. Ketchup is made mostly of tomatoes and sugar so it should come as no surprise that each tablespoon contains over 3.7g of sucrose. That comes to about 20 calories a tablespoon. It might not seem much, but considering the recommended daily sugar allowance is 25g for women and 37.5g for men, one single tablespoon could contain over 20% of a healthy adult's daily allowance. Consider switching ketchup for other healthier condiments such as Mustard, hot sauce or home made salsa. Another option to consider is making home made tomato ketchup with sugar alternatives.

2. Salad Dressing

If you think eating crunchy greens for lunch is all it takes to have a healthy lifestyle, think again about how you're dressing your salad. Prepackaged salad dressing can add up to 100 calories to your salad, making it just as unhealthy as a regular lunch. A single tablespoon of Thousand Island Dressing has over 60 calories and 2.2g of sugar. To put that into perspective, that's about 1/10th the amount of sugar a can of coke contains. Even healthier versions of salad dressings, such as Light Thousand Island, or Light French Dressing can contain up to 30 calories or 1g of sugar. Salad dressings are the same reason why fast food salads are rarely a good idea. Aside from ingredients such as croutons and cheese, most fast food salad dressings contain high amounts of sugar thereby raking up the calorie count and making your meal as unhealthy as a hamburger. Instead of using pre-packaged salad dressing, consider switching to a simple olive oil based vinaigrette as your dressing. Experiment by adding mustard to make a creamier variation.

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