The Shocking Amount Of Sugar Hiding In Your Food And Drinks

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Avoid These 3 Common Hidden Sugar Bombs

On today’s episode of Live Lean TV, I’m bringing to light the shocking amount of sugar hiding in your food and drinks.

You’ll be shocked at how much sugar is hidden in these 3 commonly used foods and drinks.

As a Live Leaner, you understand the importance of limiting sugar in your diet.

This creates a fat burning hormonal environment in your body that burns stored fat for energy, not sugar.

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Limiting sugar also helps prevent the risk of:

Sugar Is Hidden In A Lot Of Foods And Drinks

However, let’s be real.

The challenge in limiting sugar is difficult because we’re bombarded with convenient packaged foods, that are filled with hidden sugar.

I want to highlight these hidden sugar bombs, and educate you on how much sugar you’re actually putting in your body.

The Shocking Amount Of Sugar Hiding In Your Food And Drinks

As we make these comparisons, keep this in mind.

1 teaspoon equals 4 grams of sugar.

Let’s get started with the first hidden sugar bomb, sauces.

#1. Sauces

In particular:

  • BBQ sauce
  • Pasta Sauce
  • Ketchup

BBQ Sauce: 3 Teaspoons Of Sugar Per Serving

In just a serving size of 2 tablespoons of delicious BBQ sauce, you’re adding 12 grams of sugar.

This is equal to 3 teaspoons of sugar in one serving of BBQ sauce.

Let’s be honest, who really just uses 2 tablespoons of BBQ sauce?

Pasta Sauce: Just Under 3 Teaspoons Per Serving

In a ½ cup serving of pasta sauce, it often contains 11 grams of sugar.

That’s just under 3 teaspoons of sugar in one serving of pasta sauce.

On top of this, the flour in the pasta spikes your fat storing hormone insulin.

That’s a lethal belly busting combination.

Ketchup: 2 Teaspoons Of Sugar Per Serving

In just 2 tablespoons of ketchup, there is 8 grams of sugar.

This is the equivalent of 2 teaspoons of sugar in one serving ketchup.

Here’s the bottom line on sauces.

Rather than using sauces filled with sugar, add flavor to your food by adding no sugar added salsa, mustard, and delicious spices.

That’s the way to add healthy flavor to your food.

Let’s move on to the next hidden sugar bomb.

#2. “Healthy” Snack Foods

In particular:

  • Yogurt
  • Granola Bars

Yogurt: 6 Teaspoons Of Sugar Per Serving

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Did you know that a serving size of some brands of yogurts contain 24 grams of sugar?

That’s 6 teaspoons in just one serving of this “healthy” snack.

Granola Bars: 3 Teaspoons Of Sugar Per Serving

When it comes to granola bars, not only do they contain insulin spiking grains, but the added in 12 grams of sugar doesn’t help either.

That’s 3 teaspoons of sugar in one granola bar.

This is an example of another junk food disguised as “health” food.

Here’s the bottom line on healthy snack foods.

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When it comes to snack foods, make your own snack bars, and enjoy fresh fruit, nuts, and seeds.

That’s the way you do it.

Let’s move on to the final hidden sugar bomb.

#3. Drinks

As you probably know, this one is a scary one.

In particular:

  • soda
  • energy drinks
  • sports drinks
  • vitamin water
  • coffee
  • tea
  • milk

Soda: 11 Teaspoons Of Sugar Per Serving

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Of course, you know that soda contains sugar.

However, what may shock you is just how much sugar it contains.

Certain brands of soda can contain 44 grams of sugar in one serving.

That’s 11 teaspoons of sugar in one serving of soda.

Once again, most people who drink soda, drink more than one serving a day.

I usually say there is no secret to losing weight fast, but if I had to give one, it would be to drop soda, right now.

Energy Drinks: 20 teaspoons Of Sugar Per Serving

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Let’s move on to energy drinks.

If you thought soda was bad, check this out.

Certain brands of 16 oz energy drinks contain 83 grams of sugar.

That’s over 20 teaspoons of sugar in just one can energy drink.

Sports Drinks: 5 Teaspoons Of Sugar Per Serving

What about sports drinks?

A 12 oz bottle of most sports drinks contains 21 grams of sugar, or over 5 teaspoons.

Flavored Water: Just Under 8 Teaspoons Of Sugar Per Serving

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If you think you are safe with flavored vitamin water, wrong.

Certain flavored water brands contain 31g sugar, in just a 20 oz serving.

That’s just under 8 teaspoons of sugar, in “water”.

Coffee: 10 Teaspoons Of Sugar Per Serving

Let’s move on to coffee.

starbucks coffee

Some of your favorite “multi-syllable” coffee drinks contain 40 grams of sugar.

That’s 10 teaspoons.

To put that into perspective, visualize yourself pouring 10 teaspoons of sugar into your coffee at home.

Does that mean you should stick to tea?

Tea: 11 teaspoons of sugar per serving.

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Well, you also need to be careful with tea.

Certain iced teas and hot tea mixtures contain 46g of sugar, or more.

That’s over 11 teaspoons of sugar in tea.

Let’s move on to the last one.

Milk: 6 Teaspoons Of Sugar Per Serving

A serving size of chocolate milk contains 24 grams of sugar, or 6 teaspoons.

Regular white dairy milk contains 13 grams of sugar, or just over 3 teaspoons.

If you think you’re safe because you drink non-dairy milk, be careful.

Certain brands of flavored almond, coconut, and soy milk contains 16 grams of sugar per serving.

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That’s 4 teaspoons of sugar.

When it comes to drinks stick to:

  • water
  • black coffee
  • sugar free teas

You can also add a plant based sweetener, like stevia, if needed.

Bottom Line On The Shocking Amount Of Sugar Hiding In Your Food And Drinks

Make it a habit to start reading the nutrition facts label.

Once you do this, you’ll become more aware of the amount of sugar you’re eating.

As you lower your sugar consumption, you’ll start seeing a substantial change to your belt size.

Better yet, take back control of your health by sticking to foods that don’t even need a label.

I’m talking about one ingredient foods like:

This may sound boring in the beginning, but you’ll get over it once you learn how easy it is to make these simple foods taste delicious.

Remember, sugar is better in the trash, than in your body.

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  3. Great video! It’s sometimes shocking for people to see just how much sugar
    they may be consuming, especially if you’re new to real foods / paleo diet.
    It’s always nice to see a visual like this.

  4. What about English tea with a splash of milk? I’m British, you know we
    couldn’t survive without tea!

  5. I found for me that the easiest way to lose weight was to just quit sugar.
    No extra work was needed. Without really doing any work your belt line
    shrinks, buy just stopping the sugar. You do adapt to it and now I don’t
    use sweetener much at all anymore. It is surprising how you can change
    your tastes. Thanks for the vid.

  6. I saw a newspaper article about ten years ago, it said “sugar is the drug
    of our time, not cocaine!”

  7. You need a little sugar (glucose) for your brain. Your brain only uses
    sugar. You’ll get dizzy or groggy if you cut out all sugar…I’ve done it.
    Happened to me just a few weeks ago, I forgot. I just ate a couple
    banananas and it went away in and hour or so.

  8. While watching this video..I checked the ‘healthy’ yogurt in my fridge’..
    It contains 19g of sugar!! Almost 5 tsp of sugar. 19 gms of sugar.
    Thanks for the advice. Any processed food that says ‘healthy’ is now
    suspect.

  9. How much sugar in white dairy mik is from added sugar and how much from
    lactose? This is why I stick to regular coffee without sugar when I buy it
    and will probably just go for plain water all the time instead of the
    flavored water I am trying to make small changes now until I am the
    position to make big ones.

  10. You don’t find that the sodium in salsa causes bloat? I used to eat so much
    but had to limit it =/

  11. There are a lot of awesome BBQ sauce recipes that do not use sugar. I am
    going to make this Carolina mustard BBQ sauce and use Splenda or Stevia.

  12. Brad, I had my first cheat meal in over a month last night, but then I
    sorta had another one tonight….dang! I am back on the wagon tomorrow!

  13. I still chomp sunflower seeds for a snack. Im super happy that i quit
    drinking soda, and eating junk

  14. Very good vid. People need to see vids like this to get informed on the
    little things that can ruin a diet, like bbq sauce. Some of them contain
    more sugar then any other ingredient.

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