Sugar is toxic. Plain and simple. It wreaks havoc on our bodies. Makes us age faster than we should. Destroys our skin. Makes it easy to carry a spare tire around our bellies and taxes our organs.
And, it is very addicting.
Many people have tried to simply stop eating sugar – and have failed. That’s because the food industry wants to keep us hooked on their products and have added it to practically everything! This leaves us on a sugar cravings roller-coaster and we don’t know how to put on the brakes. But there is a way, and I want to help you (more on that below…).
Sugar is the most prevalent food additive – it’s found in about 80% of food at the grocery store! Insane, right? The industry adds sugar to their foods because they know it’s addicting and it’s a cheap and easy way for them to hook us on their products. And are we ever!
A 2007 study found sugar more addictive than cocaine… No wonder the food industry loves to add sugar to everything.
It’s so bad that experts say the average American eats 3 pounds of sugar every week!
Study after study after study is coming out that shows how toxic sugar is to the body and how it leads to a myriad of diseases – heart disease, type 2 diabetes, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, and more. It has become clearer than ever that sugar is an enemy that prevents us from achieving optimal health and the fit bodies we want.
There is definitely a problem here, and the food industry is just perpetuating the problem. To give you some examples of what I’m talking about –
Here are 10 foods that many people think are healthy – but are actually loaded with sugar!
1. Protein Bars
This is seen as a health supplement or meal replacement, but many protein bars are sweetened with refined sugar or artificial sweeteners (which are just as bad). Several of the main ingredients in Clif Builder’s Protein Peanut Butter Bar are different types of refined sugar – beet juice concentrate, brown rice syrup, and dried cane syrup, and you’ll be eating 5 teaspoons in just one bar (as much as in two Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups).
GUILTY: Clif Builder’s Protein Peanut Butter Bar (22 grams), Odwalla Protein Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Bar (14 grams), ThinkThin Protein Nut Bar (8 grams), ThinkThin Chocolate Almond Brownie Protein & Fiber Bar (5 grams), Luna Protein Chocolate Peanut Butter Bar (13 grams), Kind Peanut Butter Dark Chocolate Protein Bar (9 grams), NuGo Organic Double Dark Chocolate Protein Bars (15 grams), ThinkThin Protein Bites (7 grams).
2. Salad Dressings
The first ingredient in Brianna’s Homestyle Blush Wine Vinaigrette is refined sugar and it contains over 3 teaspoons of sugar in just 2 tablespoons. Although there’s a picture of a strawberry on the label there isn’t one ounce of fruit in this dressing. Can you imagine sprinkling 3 teaspoons of white sugar on your healthy green salad before eating it? Yuck! Many other brands are sweetened with added sugar, corn syrup (Hidden Valley), and high fructose corn syrup (Ken’s).
GUILTY: Hidden Valley Fat-Free Ranch (3 grams), Brianna’s Home Style Blush Wine Vinaigrette (14 grams), Kraft Lite Catalina Dressing (8 grams), Ken’s Lite Honey Mustard (8 grams).
This should be a health food, but these flavored oatmeals are loaded with sugar. The amount of sugar in Quaker Real Medleys Apple Walnut Oatmeal exceeds what most experts say anyone should be eating in an entire day – and this is just breakfast!
GUILTY: Nature Valley Protein Mixed Berry Oatmeal (18 grams), Quaker Real Medleys Apple Walnut Oatmeal (22 grams), Quaker Apples & Cinnamon (12 grams).
This isn’t even a sweet snack, but some crackers have sugar added to them as well. One serving of these Wheat Thins contains a teaspoon of sugar – which may not seem like much – but how many of us really eat just one serving?
GUILTY: Wheat Thins Sweet & Spicy Chipotle (5 grams), Club Multi-Grain Crackers (2 grams in only 4 crackers), Ritz Bits Cheese (4 grams), Keebler Club Cheddar Sandwich Crackers (6 grams).
5. Frozen Diet Meals
This is a major reason why these low-calorie, low-fat, processed meals don’t help most people lose weight. The amount of sugar and artificial additives used to make these things taste good is just astronomical!
GUILTY: Lean Cuisine Pomegranate Chicken (13 grams), Healthy Choice Sesame Chicken (23 grams), Lean Cuisine Marketplace Chicken Teriyaki Stir Fry (13 grams), Weight Watchers Smart Ones Spaghetti with Meat (7 grams).
6. Marinara Sauces
It’s nearly impossible to find a good marinara sauce without refined sugar added to it.
GUILTY: Bertolli Marinara (13 grams), Newman’s Own Marinara (7 grams), Classico Traditional (9 grams), Prego Meat (10 grams), Ragu Traditional (8 grams).
7. Soups and Broths
I love to make homemade soups and I’d never even consider adding sugar to mine, but many of the canned and boxed soups on the shelves are sweetened with sugar. What’s even more crazy is I recently found that several organic chicken broths also contain added sugar, so watch out for that if you are using these to make soup at home!
GUILTY: Campbell’s Homestyle Tomato Soup (16 grams), Progresso Reduced Sodium Creamy Tomato With Basil (14 grams), Stagg Vegetable Garden Four-Bean Chili (9 grams), 365 Organic Chicken Broth, Pacific Organic Chicken Broth (1 gram per cup), Swanson Organic Chicken Broth (1 gram per cup).
8. Breads (Including Gluten-Free)
Some people avoid wheat and grains because of the affect they can have on blood sugar levels and contain gluten, but it’s important to note that most breads are also sweetened with refined white sugar or corn syrup. Sugar is one of the first 3 ingredients in Orowheat/Arnold 100% Whole Wheat Bread, ringing in at almost a teaspoon per slice. Especially watch out for sugar in gluten-free breads, as almost all of them have it as a main ingredient!
GUILTY: Udi’s Gluten-Free Whole Grain (3 grams in 2 slices), Rudi’s Gluten-Free (4 grams in 2 slices), Thomas Whole Wheat Bagels (7 grams), King’s Hawaiian Honey Wheat Roll (6 grams in one LITTLE roll), Franz Kaiser Buns (6 grams), Franz Nine Grain Bread (8 grams in 2 slices) Orowheat/Arnold 100% Whole Wheat Bread (6 grams in 2 slices).
I was floored to see 31 grams of sugar in this one serving of Noosa yogurt. It’s more of a dessert than anything else.
GUILTY: Yoplait Whips Key Lime Pie (21 grams), Chobani Greek Raspberry (16 grams), Tart Cherry Noosa (31 grams)
10. Nut Butters
While most of us know that Nutella isn’t healthy, a lot of people are buying this and other nut butters without realizing how much sugar is really in them. Just 2 tablespoons of Nutella contain over 5 teaspoons of sugar, and many plain almond, cashew, and peanut butters contains almost a teaspoon of added sugar per serving.
GUILTY: MaraNatha Regular Almond Butter (3 grams), Jif Peanut Butter (3 grams), Barney Butter Almond Butter (3 grams).
Discussing the reality of all of this hidden sugar with my team left a lasting impact on me.
I spent the past few months monitoring how much sugar I was actually eating and I honestly couldn’t believe it and it freaked me out considering how carefully I choose my foods.
I knew that this was something I needed to turn my focus on, especially since so many of you have been struggling with sugar right along with me! I put the wheels in motion and began working on an innovative program to help us deal with all of this sugar in our lives, and it’s finally ready!
Give up sugar, feel great and start to take control of those cravings once and for all.
You will receive detailed online guides and videos to walk you through the 7-Day Sugar Detox, along with all the personal support you need. You’ll know exactly what to eat, what not to eat and what to do after the detox is over.
I invite you to join us here now. Let’s detox from sugar together.
As soon as you join, you’ll be welcomed into our Sugar Detox Forum with open arms, where we will answer questions and share our success stories. When you surround yourself with people who share the same goals and help to keep you accountable, you will be successful.
We are going to do this together, it’s going to be so fun and I am positive it can change your life forever!