10 Secret Sugar Bombs You're Probably Eating

Find out if you're unknowingly eating foods with hidden sugars.

10 Secret Sugar Bombs You're Probably Eating

By Reina Berger

When you're on the quest for better health, the last thing you need is a sugary derailment. So many of the foods we choose each day are loaded with hidden sugars that can undo all of our dieting and exercise efforts. No matter which diet plan you subscribe to, there is one universal rule: the less sugar the better.

The 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans suggests limiting added sugar intake to less than 10 percent of calories you ingest per day (this means 200 calories for those following a 2,000 calorie diet). We asked Rachel Swanson, MS, RD, LDN and Dr. Aviva Romm to unveil the secret sugar bombs that we need to watch out for. Here are 10 foods to keep on your radar.

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Bottled Teas

Sugar-sweetened beverages like teas often have tricky labeling, making them seem like the superior and wholesome choice. But in reality, sugar-sweetened beverages are one of the largest contributors to overall sugar intake. Even low-to-moderate consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages has the potential to promote inflammation and impair the way we metabolize sugar and fat.

Short-term studies show the ability of fructose-rich solutions to promote fat accumulation in the liver when compared to other carbohydrate solutions of the same quantity. Next time you really need some sweet tea, try splitting it into two glasses and diluting each with the same portion of regular cold water. Not only will you have double the amount, you’ll begin sensitizing yourself to tolerate less sweetness.

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