THE HIDDEN SUGAR FOUND IN "HEALTHY" FOODS

Date Posted:2 May 2016 

We know now that sugar is not good for us, there is no debate there. The debate we need to be having is around how some food manufacturers  continue to market their products as healthy when they are in fact loaded with sugar. And when we say sugar, we mean sugar in all it's forms - whether its called glucose, sucrose, fructose, rice malt syrup, corn syrup, Agave nectar, honey and the list goes on.

In this week's edition of the Man Shake Video Blog we discuss what to look out for on your supermarket shelves when it comes to so called "healthy foods."

Here are some of the biggest culprits -

  • Kelloggs Just Right Cereal - on their website they say - "you know that you are giving yourself a nutritious breakfast cereal." Well. what they are not screaming from the roof tops is that per serve you have 27.8g of sugar, that's over 6 teaspoons.
  • Up and Go, Choc Ice 500ml - I touched on this last week but this is really crazy. This drink is sold as having the protein, energy and fibre of four Weet-bix and milk and as a "good breakfast option when you are on the go." Well this GOOD option actually has over 9 teaspoons of sugar in a single serve.
  • Nudie Nothing but Oranges Juice without pulp  - Look Nudie aren't alone here, OJ is one to look out for. This one for instance has nearly 5 teaspoons of sugars.
  • Bulla Yogurt Crunch Summer Berry - On the front of this packet it says 97% fat free, which isn't false, but what that does do is give the product a perception that this is healthy. Well it actually more than 8 teaspoons of sugar, and measures to provide the same kilojoules as a Magnum ice cream. In addition, consumer watch dog Choice sighted that they say each pot of yoghurt is actually 2.25 serves. I mean come on, no one is sharing that.
  • Go Natural Apricot Muesli Bar - Just sounds healthy right. WRONG. In a 35g serve, 19g of that is sugar. Yep. that is over 61%. 

Google is a wonderful tool as well. Simply search for the food product name with the words NUTRITIONAL PANEL after it. Most reputable companies will have these on their website and if they don't it's probably not a good sign!