Find out if you're unknowingly eating foods with hidden sugars.
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.
While some energy bars may include 20 percent of your daily vitamins and minerals, along with 20 grams of protein, it comes at a cost. These bars can come in handy as a meal replacement and can serve a purpose for professional athletes who burn thousands of calories daily, but they don't benefit the average consumer in the same way.
Especially when considering that a lot of energy bar enthusiasts snack on these in between meals, it can create an unhealthy sugar spike and a calorie overload. If you insist on buying these, make sure the first four ingredients on the nutritional label don't say: sugar, syrups, chocolate, or a word ending in “ose,” (which means it’s a sugar). You can also make your own energy-boosting, protein-rich trail mix at home where you can control which ingredients you use and avoid any sugary add-ins.