Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Amazing Sugar Nutrition Facts From Consumer Reports – Guess How Many Teaspoons of Sugar In A 16-Ounce Bottle Of “All Natural” Snapple Lemon Tea?

Every so often Consumer Reports publishes a helpful article like "Where Sugar Hides And How To Eat Less." It packs a spectrum of sugar nutrition facts. None are remotely related to a healthy diet.

Since I started a low carb diet kicked off by the surprising weight loss of a co-worker who gave up drinking a 6-pack of regular Coke every day, I’ve become conscious of empty carbs. White sugar is certainly on the top of the list. (And white flour is a close second).

Here’s just a sampling of sugar nutrition facts from this article that you may find surprising:

1. “Americans consume an average of about 22 teaspoons a day of added sugar.” Picture yourself at the sugar bowl bolting down 7+ tablespoons of white sugar. Yuck! Not only does sugar lack food value, cancer cells feed on the white stuff!

2. The American Heart Association reports that “added sugar is associated with increased risks of high blood pressure and high triglyceride levels.” Want to get off the blood pressure pills? Get into the habit of eliminating foods containing “dextrose, fruit-juice concentrate, glucose, malt syrup, maltose, molasses, sucrose, beet sugar, high fructose corn syrup, and evaporated cane juice.”

3. Here’s the CR short list of where sugar hides:

1 tablespoon of Heinz Tomato Ketchup contains 1 teaspoon of sugar
That means a tablespoon of this ketchup is 33% sugar!

1 slice of Arnold Honey Whole Wheat Bread contains 1 teaspoon of sugar

3 Vlastic Sweet Midgets pickles contain 2 teaspoons of sugar

A half-cup of Newman’s Own All Natural Marinara Sauce contains 3 teaspoons of sugar. That much sugar is “All Natural”?

McDonald’s Premium Crispy Club Sandwich contains 3 ½ teaspoons of sugar

A half-cup of Original Mott’s Applesauce contains about 6 teaspoons of sugar

A 6-ounce contain of Dannon All Natural Plain Lowfat Yogurt contains about 6 teaspoons of sugar.

And the winner is . . .
A 16-ounce bottle of Snapple Lemon Tea (All Natural) contains 10.5 teaspoons of sugar!

If you want to be more than a little healthier, get rid of the sugar in your diet. Note that all the foods mentioned in #3 are prepared/processed foods. It pays to stay away from them.

And the top foods to eliminate – regular soda, bottled teas, and juice drinks. They are “the leading source of added sugar in the American diet.”

If you want to begin a low carb diet to be healthier, you need to know about these sugar nutrition facts. See for more info about a low carb diet.

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