Healthy Living

The 30-Day Weight Loss Challenge That Actually Works

Day 17: Find where sugar is hiding in the rest of your diet

You may be surprised to discover just how much sugar is hiding in your diet, even in the foods you might not suspect. We all know foods like cookies and candy bars are packed with sugar, but even supposedly “healthy” foods can often contain just as much. Virtually all processed foods contain some forms of added sweeteners, so it’s important to check the labels on everything you buy. You might think you’re eating a healthy salad when, in fact, the salad dressing you used could be full of sugar, calories, and fat. Never assume that just because you’re purchasing a supposedly healthy or non-fattening food, that automatically means you don’t have to bother checking the nutrition information.

Bread, cereal, granola bars, soup, and crackers are just some examples of seemingly harmless foods that may contain far more sugar than you might expect. Many fruit juices contain so much added sugar that their sugar content is comparable to soda. Try to avoid processed foods whenever possible, opting for whole foods like solid fruits and vegetables instead. When you do buy processed food, always be sure to check the sugar content and other nutrition information on the label.