Sugar, sugar…

We all know that most foods have sugar, fruit has natural sugar and coca cola has what, 25 spoons of sugar in it? It’s no secret that most prefabricated foods have sugar. What we never thing about is all the so called healthy foods. 

This week while at work, a colleague of mine mentioned that her yogurt had 15g of sugar. That’s two packs of sugar, that you can put in your coffee. In a normal, blueberry yogurt.  A few days later she told us that she was on the hunt for a non-sugary yogurt and the only one she found was a soy yogurt – which if you guys are wondering, she described as having “a lot of taste”. I think she was still deciding if she likes it or not.

Yesterday I went to the supermarket and remembered the conversation. So I decided to also check the yogurts, among other foods. Every single natural yogurt I found had more than 5g of sugar, the fat-free ones have even more! Then I checked cheese and ham and even granola and all of them had an enormous amount of sugar in it! Sugar that was added to the foods, probably to preserve it more.

I was outraged! I knew that they would have some sugar, but half of the amount of the carbs in these foods were sugar! Plain sugar… How are we supposed to be healthy, when even the foods we think are healthy have sugar in them??? I eat natural yogurt, because I want to be healthier and not have as much sugar in my body and in the end I was doing the opposite without knowing it!

I will start looking at every label from now on…I have already with some things, especially snacks and such, always trying to buy things that have the most natural ingredients, with as little preservatives and E-codes as possible. But I never thought a simple yogurt could be this bad! And what bothers me even more is the fact that the soy ones that have 0% of sugar are not only way more expensive but also to some people not good (in some cases soy can make you bloated and give you skin problems). No wonder people are getting more and more diabetes!

This whole situation is outrageous because it not only means that we’re being in a way cheated, but also that it is even more difficult and expensive to be healthy and not eat sugary things! I think every one should start checking labels before buying things mindlessly just because they have a fat-free or healthy label glued onto it.

Did you know about this? How do you make sure to get healthy things?

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4 Comments

  1. 9. October 2015 / 10:27 pm

    Hi, Rosie –

    I’ve been meaning to check out your blog for a while – glad I finally had a chance! You are absolutely right about added sugar – it is bad for all of us! I have to be especially careful because like many people with ME/CFS, the immune dysfunction makes me prone to chronic yeast overgrowth, and sugar feeds the yeast. So I have been on a strict no-sugar diet for a couple of years, other than a small bit of honey or stevia here and there.

    I thought you’d be interested to know that dairy products all contain natural sugars – lactose is one of these – which will show up on nutirition labels as sugar. So, in things like yogurt and cheese, there is naturally-occurring diary sugars, not necessarily added sugar. Just like fruit contains fructose. In the case of yogurt, you do have to be careful because all of the flavored yogurts – like the one your friend was eating! – do contain loads of extra sugar in the flavorings. But if you buy plain, unflavored yogurt, the only sugar in it is naturally-occurring dairy sugars – then you can add some fresh fruit or a bit of honey to it for flavoring.

    Hope that helps. I like your blog and look forward to reading more!

    Sue

    Book By Book

    • 13. October 2015 / 12:28 pm

      Hi Sue!!! Yeah, I checked that about the sugar too! The thing is, the so-called natural yogurts I saw all had added sugar in the ingredients – that’s what outraged me!

      But now I already know which natural yogurts are just plain yogurt and only have natural sugars! 😀

  2. 11. October 2015 / 6:28 pm

    Hi, Rosie! I just came across your blog and I love it so much!

    I totally understand your frustration. For that same reason, I decided to only buy plain yogurts and kefir a few years ago. I just add some berries and nuts:) It is really good!

    Thank you so much for sharing:) Have an amazing weekend!

    http://www.yuliannova.com/

    • 13. October 2015 / 12:32 pm

      Hi Yulia! Yes, I just get plain yogurts from now on! And I know which ones are only yogurt and those who have added sugar..took a bit of label-ready, but I got there 😉 Never tried kefir, how does it taste?

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