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.
Limiting sugar also helps prevent the risk of:
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
As you probably know, this one is a scary one.
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.
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.
What about sports drinks?
A 12 oz bottle of most sports drinks contains 21 grams of sugar, or over 5 teaspoons.
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”.
Let’s move on to 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.
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.
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.
That’s 4 teaspoons of sugar.
When it comes to drinks stick to:
You can also add a plant based sweetener, like stevia, if needed.
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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Brad Gouthro is the founder of Live Lean TV, a media company focused on helping men and women “Live Lean” 365 days a year. Brad’s programs and content have helped millions of people all over the world learn how to get in shape, and more importantly, sustain it for life.