Hidden Sugars in things we like to eat.
Reading food labels to determine sugar content is pretty interesting. Since most labels use grams, an easy rule of thumb is 1 tsp = 4 grams. So the guidelines in grams are:
women – 26 grams daily, and men – 38 grams daily.
So I perused the aisles of our local Safeway, and here are a few items and their sugar content per serving:
Instant Quaker maple and brown sugar oatmeal – 12 grams
Yoplait original yogurt – 26 grams
Chobani blackberry yogurt – 15 grams
Chobani strawberry yogurt – 7 grams
Oreo cookies (3 cookies = 1 serving) – 14 grams
Brianna’s blush vinaigrette (2 T) – 14 grams
Breyers French vanilla ice cream (1/2 cup) – 14 grams
Haagen Dazs chocolate chocolate chip ice cream – 22 grams
Some of those numbers are startling: one container of Yoplait yogurt contains the entire daily sugar quota for women.
It really behooves us to read labels to inform our food choices. Even when we think we’re eating healthy we could be sorely mistaken.