3 Unexpected Foods That Are Home To Hidden Sugar
Birthday parties and going out to eat are a time of great temptation, especially for those with a sweet tooth. After all, what harm could one little bite of dessert or two do?
With that first bite melting on your tongue, how do you feel? If you're already reaching for another, you can relate to the hundreds of people who ask us why just one taste of sugar can send them into a dietary nosedive.
The truth is that sugar is highly addictive. In a 2012 interview with “60 Minutes,” Dr. Robert Lustig, a California-based endocrinologist, called sugar “toxic.” Sugar stimulates the release of dopamine in your brain, making you feel pleasure - just like cocaine, morphine and heroin. So, just one taste can be enough to trigger a compulsive downward spiral.
Unfortunately, candy and dessert aren't the only foods loaded with sugar. Here are three common store-bought foods that contain hidden sugar:
1. Salad Dressings
Many salad dressings are loaded with sugar and other less than natural ingredients (such as Blue 1, Yellow 5 and Yellow 6, which are banned in foods in other countries), and are made with highly-processed oils that are likely from a GMO source. Your best bet? Make your own dressing.
2. Canned Pasta Sauce
Most canned pasta sauces add heaping doses of sugar and high-fructose corn syrup, both of which spike blood sugar levels and come from potentially GMO sources. Eating this type of pasta sauce triggers the same cravings as cake and candy; the more sugar you eat, the more sugar you crave. Instead, choose an organic, sugar-free pasta sauce in a BPA-free glass jar. Or make your own.
3. Flavored Coffee Creamers
If you read the labels on these coffee creamers, you'll find that they add in a ton of sugar and high-fructose corn syrup . And beware; high-fructose corn syrup doesn't trigger the production leptin (hormone) in your body. Leptin tells your body when it's full, so drinking a beverage with high-fructose corn syrup will tell your body just to keep the food coming! Instead, create your own creamer at the dessert table using organic dairy and an all-natural stevia for sweetness.
Readers - Do you have a sweet tooth? How to do manage it? Did you know that sugar could also hide inside savory foods such as pasta sauce and salad dressing? How do you control you sugar consumption? Let us know by leaving a comment below.
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