Ask one person, they'll say it's the sugar, folks. Ask another, they'll say it's the carbs. Another will argue it's all about the glycemic index, and yet another will tell you it's all about salt. No matter what healthy living or diet tips you buy into, though, you'll probably be surprised to learn just how much sugar is lurking in products you'd least expect.
BuzzFeed's fascinating (and short, very short) video will help you visualize just how much sugar you're ingesting when you enjoy some of your favorite sweet and savory foods.
Come on, you would never have guessed that a spicy chicken sandwich has 22 grams of sugar, almost half of what you're supposed to have for the entire day.
If you are looking to keep your intake of these deliciously sweet white powder crystals to a minimum, it's best you memorize the above video, and/or check the nutrition facts before you show it down your throat.
And here's a hint -- some labels try to camouflage their sugar content by calling it honey, dextrose, fructose, corn syrup, high-fructose corn syrup, sorbitol, fruit juice concentrate, galactose, lactose, polydextrose, mannitol, sorbitol, xylitol, maltodextrin, or turbinado sugar, so keep an eye out for those, as well.
Ooh, and one more thing. Sports drinks. If you're not a professional athlete, you might want to leave your electrolyte enhanced sugar water behind. Just 12 ounces of the stuff has 42 grams of sugar. Forty-two! Almost negates your workout.
Don't replace your sports drink with milk, though, a la Ron Burgundy. Milk's a bad choice because even a glass of skim contains 12 grams of sugar. Pour that over some of that sugary granola and, damn, enjoy that sugar bomb you just called breakfast.
Do you watch your sugar intake?
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