Live Lean Nation, on today’s episode of Live Lean TV I’m bringing light to just how much sugar is hidden in these 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.
But limiting sugar also helps prevent risk of diabetes, cancer, heart disease, high blood pressure, and of course, accelerated aging.
However lets be real.
The challenge in limiting sugar is difficult because we’re bombarded with convenient, packaged foods that are filled with hidden sugar.
So in this episode 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 comparisons, 4 grams of sugar equals 1 tsp of sugar.
Lets get started…
In particular BBQ sauce, Pasta Sauce & Ketchup.
BBQ Sauce: In just a serving size of 2 tbsp of delicious BBQ sauce, you’re adding 12 grams of sugar. This is equal to 3 tsp of sugar. And lets be honest, who really just uses 2 tbsp of BBQ sauce!
Pasta Sauce: In a ½ cup serving of pasta sauce, it often contains 11 grams of sugar or just under 3 tsp. On top of this, the flour in the pasta spikes your fat storing hormone insulin…that’s a lethal belly busting combination!
Ketchup: In just 2 tbsp of ketchup, there is 8 grams of sugar, or 2 tsp.
Bottom line on sauces… Add flavor to your found with no sugar added salsa, mustard, and delicious spices.
Lets move on to…
In particular Yogurt & Granola Bars.
Yogurt: Did you know that a serving size of some brands of yogurts contain 24 grams of sugar! That’s 6 tsp in one serving of this “healthy” snack.
Granola Bars: 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 tsp of sugar. Another junk food disguised as a “health” food.
Bottom line on snack foods…make your own snack bars, enjoy fresh fruit, nuts, and seeds.
This is a scary one.
In particular soda, energy drinks, sports drinks, vitamin waters, and coffees & teas.
Soda: Of course you know that soda contains sugar. But what may shock you is just how much. Some sodas contain 44 grams of sugar per serving. That’s 11 tsp. And 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 now!
Energy drinks: If you thought soda was bad…check this out. Some 16 oz energy drinks contain 83 grams of sugar. That’s over 20 tsp of sugar in one can.
Sports drinks: In just 12 oz of most sports drinks, they contain 21 grams of sugar. or over 5 tsp.
So you may be thinking you’re safe with flavored water right? Wrong.
Flavored Water:Some flavored water brands contain 31g sugar in just a 20 oz serving. That’s just under 8 tsp of sugar.
Coffee: In some of your favorite multi-syllable coffee drinks …they contain 40 grams of sugar, that’s 10 tsp.
So stick with Tea right?
Tea: Well you also need to be careful with teas. Some iced tea and hot tea mixtures contain 46g of sugar or more. That’s over 11 tsp.
Milk: A serving size of chocolate milk contains 24 grams of sugar or 6 tsp, while dairy milk contains 13 grams of sugar or just over 3 tsp. So you think you’re safe cause you drink non-dairy milk right? Be careful, some flavored almond, coconut, and soy milks contain 16 grams of sugar per serving. That’s 4 tsp of sugar!
When it comes to drinks. Stick to water and black coffee and sugar free teas. Add a small bit of a plant based sweetener like stevia if needed.
By reading labels and being aware of the amount of sugar you’re eating, you’ll see a substantial change to your belt size.
Better yet, take control back of your health by sticking to foods that don’t even need a label. I’m talking about one ingredient foods like meat, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and fruit. May sound boring, but not when you know how easy it is to make these simple foods delicious.
That’s what hundreds of other Live Leaners just like you are doing over at our Inner Circle Site, TeamLiveLean.com. Our members have access to over 100 delicious and easy cooking lesson recipe videos showing you how to make healthy meals, snacks, and sides. They also get a new cooking lesson recipe video every week as well as monthly workout programs.
Join them and us at TeamLiveLean.com and change your life.
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.