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Hidden sugars in processed foods

  • Date : 02 Nov 2015

Hidden sugars in processed foods Each day, we consume more than 100 grams of sugars, whereas the WHO recommends not exceeding 50 g. It might even revise this figure downwards shortly. Problem: 70% of the sugar is ingested indirectly, that is to say without even being aware that one to eat.

10 Portrait of foods high in hidden sugars! Sugars in cereals breakfast cereals enjoy a good reputation ... and yet they are among the most sugary foods! A recent study has sought to uncover the hidden sugars in these fetishes breakfast foods and the conclusion is clear: they contain too much added sugar.

Some of them (Smacks Treasury Kellogg's®, Golden Grahams®, Choco Krispies® ...) together contain more than 50% of the finished product, which is equivalent to 15 grams of sugar per serving, more than 30 % of recommended daily intake! Sugars in industrial soups do you mean, you, you do not put sugar in the soup? Not even corn syrup or maltodextrin a hint?

Yet this is the great secret of industrial soups, especially those bag. Sugar is ideal to counteract the salt content also in large quantities. Not only is an effective preservative, but in addition, it helps to enhance the taste. If we had to rely on the 20% of dehydrated vegetables in these soups, they would be well indigestible ...

A large bowl contains almost 20 grams of sugar, 4 pieces! Sugars in the fast-food menus We all know that fast food is not an ally for our health. Too many calories and high in saturated fat, the food is full of sugar!

Hamburger (about 15 g of sugar), the beverage (35 to 45 g of sugar) in passing milk ice (35 g sugar to the famous "Mac Flurry®") which traditionally punctuates the meal, a menu is a veritable orgy of sugars. It is almost twice the recommended daily intake of sugar!

Sugars in sodas Can we still talk about when discussing hidden sugar sodas? Obviously yes! While consumption of French reached more than 40 liters per person, the Quebecers rises to 120 liters!

Astronomical figures that propel sodas at the forefront of sugar consumed in Western sources. The leaders are known: sucrose syrup and high fructose corn, increasingly used in these drinks. Among the most famous, a can of Coca Cola® and contains nearly 42 g sugar, 38 g against 7up® for a bobbin, a can for 32 g and 29 g of Orangina® for a can of Nestea®.

Only one of them, and your sugar needs are filled almost to the day ... Sugars in prepared dishes Our urban lifestyles and pressed sometimes push us to buy these products already cooked and ready in three minutes.

But what do we really win? Time perhaps, but certainly no health benefits ... The prepared dishes certainly embody the "junk food" today: like all these industrial food is processed, they are more fragile.

So we work them so they look appetizing and have a long shelf life. The result is the fluff that give their fat texture, flavors and dyes that replace the lost colors and natural flavors, salt to enhance the flavor and sugar to keep them!

These products never contain a lot of sugar, but a significant amount added to other sources of day. Thus, a share of lasagnes prepared contains about 10 g of sugars, like most Box® Lunch, Pasta Box®, etc. Good news though: in 2013, growth in ready meals, initiated since 1960, has finally slowed. So get your aprons!

Sugars in the summer ready-made sauces to accompany the pasta or grilled meats, sauces are at the party. And to save time and get more out of their holiday, nothing like the ready-made sauces! Who would suspect these innocent condiments contain sugar? However, manufacturers do not hesitate to add generously to ensure better texture and longer shelf.

Unbeknownst to all, or almost. On the labels, the ingredients must appear in the order of their importance in the product. And sugar is fairly regularly top the list. The example Barbecue sauce contains about 33 g of sugars per 100 g. A single serving of sauce is equivalent to 2 pieces of sugar or 1/5 of the recommended intake by WHO ...

Sugars in smoothies This summer, they'll still be enjoyed by vacationers. Fresh, fruity and apparently healthy, smoothies advocate "all natural". Yet they are far from the expected health allies.

Rather, their very high sugar concentration is of potential health hazards. A study has demonstrated that drinking a smoothie returned actually consume between 4 and 6 oranges, sugar is the equivalent of a large glass of soda. Juices accumulate fructose in fruits without providing fiber, expected to increase satiety.

Furthermore, when does not make them yourself, it happens that vendors add sucrose to the finished product. For fans of squeezed fruit, then the addition is sweet ... Sugars in cookies Children love it. Besides, there are always in a closet in case, because, as you have heard, they are full of vitality and offer your energy to your children.

In reality, they mainly bring their lots of simple sugars and few useful for the organism. Three chocolate chip cookies to taste the equivalent for example to four pieces of sugar. The same number of chocolate filled cookies (the famous BN® snacks) contains even six. Sugar in pastries like cereals, pastries have become classics for breakfast. Chocolate bread (or chocolatine), croissant, brioche, beignet ...

They have become commonplace to the point where they are found everywhere, such as in bakeries in supermarkets, pre-packaged form. Yet they are known to be very fat and very sweet ...! If the croissant and pain au chocolate usually contains a piece of sugar, donuts, donuts and other apple turnovers can contain up to 5! And at this level, craft and industrial pastries have no significant difference! So rather prefer bread to cereal or toast, and give yourself a pastry Sunday.

Sugars in spreads All gourmands but the most savvy of them will tell you spreads is a treat and you always want to immerse the spoon in the pot. Obviously, the cream of the spread is the Nutella®. Regularly singled out for its strong composition of palm oil, it is also attacked on its sugar content.

The European Parliament has even proposed new nutritional standards that could force the manufacturer to mention on his pots "Attention promotes obesity." Admittedly, its nutritional profile is rather eloquent: 100 g of Nutella® include 55 g sugar and 31 grams of fat! Clearly, when you spread in a portion (about 30 grams) on your toast, you eat directly almost 17 g of sugars.

And when we know that it is hard not to come back for more ... Most other chocolate spreads are equivalent. Better to opt for peanut butter (five times less rich in sugars), fruit compote or pureed oilseeds.

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