There’s nothing more frustrating than trying to make the healthy choice only to get tricked by hidden sugars. But with a daily recommended intake of 50 grams of added sugar per day, let’s face it, there’s just not much margin for error. Avoid falling into sugar traps by looking out for these deceptively saccharine “healthy” options:
2% Fat Greek Yogurt
What yogurt loses in fat, it gains in sugar. 2% Greek yogurt, despite packing a solid punch of protein, also has approximately 8 grams of sugar, 1/5 of your recommended daily intake. Opt for plain full fat yogurt instead, and add fresh fruits, berries, and Pyure Organic Stevia for sweetness.
This crunchy topping may seem like a smart alternative to cereal, but a single serving can contain up to 25 grams of sugar, comparable to a sleeve of cookies, and half your daily recommended allowance. instead, have some diced, mixed nuts for a crunchy treat you can feel good about.
But, it’s fruit! True, but when fruit is dried, dehydration concentrates the sugars, meaning that a half cup of dried cranberries contains 39 grams of sugar — 80% of your of your daily intake, and equivalent to drinking an entire can of soda. Yikes! Better to go with the fresh stuff.
While fruit juice may be vitamin packed, it’s lacking in fiber and swimming in sugar. A small twelve ounce serving can contain more than 30 grams, over 60% of your recommended daily intake, which is sure to send you headed for a crash. Again, fresh fruit is best, but if you want something to drink on the go, pick up a stevia infused yogurt smoothie.
It beats soda, but unfortunately, not by much. An 8oz glass can set you back 22 grams of sugar, nearly half your daily value. For the same refreshing taste, go for the unsweetened variety and add your own Pyure organic stevia.
Of course, it’s just unrealistic to think we can be 100% wholesome and avoid sugar all the time. But when you are making an effort to be sugar conscious, keep an eye on the nutrition label to be sure that the healthy option is exactly that.