5 Sneaky Sources of Sugar

5 Sneaky Sources of Sugar

Obesity increases your risk of developing high blood pressure and diabetes, two of the leading causes of kidney disease. To protect your kidneys, it’s important to maintain a healthy weight and follow a healthy diet. This means paying attention to food nutrition labels and considering the impact sugar – in addition to fat, sodium and other ingredients has on our diets., so in other words,To help control your sugar intake, the National Kidney Foundation shares 5 sneaky sources of sugar you may want to avoid:

1.Condiments. Commonly used condiments are loaded with sugar and calories. Catsup, sweet pickle relish and barbeque sauce are full of hidden sugar. Catsup and sweet pickle relish have about 4-5 grams of sugar per 1 tablespoon serving.

2.Breakfast Cereals. Most breakfast cereals contain high amounts of sugar. Some contain 32-40 grams of sugar per 1/2 cup serving. For healthier options choose cereals that contain 4-10 grams of sugar per 1/2 cup serving.

3.White bread. White bread contains high levels of sugar which will ultimately spike your blood sugar (glucose) levels. Spikes in blood sugar levels lead to spikes in insulin and can ultimately make you feel tired and hungrier. White bread is stripped of the wheat grain and almost of all is nutrients and fiber, the ingredients that help fill you up, so choose whole wheat bread because it is made with the wheat germ and bran included.

4.High-Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS). High-Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS), a type of sugar, is a sweetener used extensively in America because it’s very cheap, easy to make, and available everywhere. One tablespoon of HFCS has 53 calories and contains over 14 grams of sugar. Since the 1970s, HFCS has become a popular ingredient in processed foods and beverages, including salad dressings, yogurt, breads, and frozen pizzas – just to name a few. HFCS provides no nutritional health benefits and you can reduce and avoid consuming it by looking for “high-fructose corn syrup” in ingredient lists.

5.Soft drinks. Soda is a prime example of a drink that contains empty calories. It provides no nutritional value and is likely to contribute to weight gain. A can of soft drink has about seven teaspoons of sugar. To burn off one 12oz can/bottle of cola (152 calories), a person who weighs 150 – 160 pounds would need to walk briskly for approximately 30 minutes.

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