The danger of hidden sugars

Could you be eating too much sugar without realising?

You may think that you’re eating a healthy diet while unknowingly overdosing on sugar on a daily basis, thanks to the high sugar content hidden in some of the most unlikely foods.

Learn more about the most common culprits and you could improve your diet in a few easy steps…

Hiding in surprising places 

There are plenty of foods that are not quite the healthy option that they seem. The next time you’re picking up a jar of pasta sauce, have a look to see how much sugar you’ll be having along with your spaghetti – you might be surprised!

While these jars may be packed full of vegetables, many brands add a huge amount of sugar to combat the acidity of the tomatoes. Check your favourite condiments, too. Tomato ketchup is similarly stuffed with sugar – often as much as 22g of sugar per 100g (more than 30% of your guideline daily amount).

Fruit flavoured yoghurt is another potentially healthy food that is often stuffed with far too much sugar. Many brands add huge amounts of sugars and sweeteners to create fruity flavours. Instead of falling for this sugary trap, buy plain yoghurt and add your own fresh fruits to taste.

What’s more, tinned or pre-packaged fruit can have a much higher sugar content than the normal variety. Even fruit that is stored in 100 per cent fruit juice may have had sugar added to prolong shelf life, partly negating some of the excellent and beneficial natural sugars fruit contains.

Cereal and granola bars have a similar problem in that they can be a great source of oats and grains but the benefits are often outweighed by the large amounts of sugar used.

Fat-free could mean loaded with sugar

Often, when a food is labelled as fat-free, you need to have a very close look at the ingredients. To up the flavour of foods that have had the fat content reduced, many manufacturers simply dial up the sugar instead. This means the treat may be no better for you than the full-fat alternative, which might have much less sugar.

Low-fat biscuits and cakes are particularly bad for this particular problem, so watch out for treats that seem to be too good to be true – they probably are.

Read the labels

The only way to know how much sugar you’re getting in packaged foods is to read the label on the back. Don’t let sneaky, hidden sugars compromise your wellbeing. It’s your heart and your body so don’t be fooled!


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Melina - Assistant Editor

Hi I'm Melina, a mother of 3 teenage children and with a particular interest in all things health related. I run a busy household and smallholding alongside my work with Silversurfers, which currently includes dogs, fish, hens, ducks and pigs!

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18th Jan 2017
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Big culprits are low fat yoghurts and baked beans but the whole of the Western diet is to get people addicted to sugar
22nd Oct 2014
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I have been following a completely sugar-free diet since July of this year and the benefits have been enormous. So much more energy; I've lost weight where I couldn't shift it before and not by actual dieting, but by changing the way I eat. I feel so much healthier. I have been following The Juicy Health Company on Facebook and it has given my interest in cooking such a boost.

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