5 Common Foods With Hidden Sugar

I just had to share my Friday afternoon experience with you all. Afterall it is selfish to withhold information that can help people right?

Let me set the scene...Like most mums, having a house full of food for the weekend is a must and as usual I decided that instead of making it to my next engagement on time I decided that I could squeeze the grocery shopping into the 30 minutes I had ‘spare’.

There I was deep in my own thoughts when I was interrupted by a voice asking me if I knew anything about sorbet. Now, anyone who knows me well would know that sweets are not my thing especially something that is so high in sugar!

So that said, of course my response to her was ‘Sorry I have no idea but what I do know is that they are generally full of sugar so I stay away from them’.

With that she politely thanked me and when on looking at the labels.

A few minutes later she tapped me on the shoulder thanking me. She had no idea the ‘sugar content was so high and that it was full of numbers’...(her words)! By numbers she meant additives, thickeners, emulsifiers etc.

Aside from feeling good about that fact that I had helped someone make an informed decision, it got me thinking about how many people don’t really understand what to look for. Something that I take for granted and use on a daily bases to make educated, informed decisions all the time when it comes to food.

I guess the moral of this little story is to obviously bring awareness to reading labels but also to remind you all to share your knowledge and to not take it for granted.

One thing I do want to highlight before I go on is that I don’t believe that eating toasted muesli once a week is unhealthy, all I am saying is that if you are aware of what is in foods then when you are deciding to eat it or not at least you are educated and know what you are doing!

Remember - if you are reading this and want to lose weight then it is about eating less calories than you burn, period. It is that simple. Yes, sugar spikes your insulin but so does protein and once that spike is over you will continue to burn energy.

Here are my top 5 foods that you may want to think about a little bit more. Keep in mind that it is recommended that the average adult should consume around 6-9 teaspoons of sugar a day according the the World Health Organisation. The latest data release by the Australian Bureau of statistics revealed that the average was around 14 teaspoons of white sugar.


1 cup of strawberry sorbet contains 40g of sugar or 9.5 teaspoons according to the My Fitness Pal app!

Powerade - mountain blast

A 600ml bottle has a whopping 34.8g!!! That is 8 teaspoons right there. (source: Calorie King)

Low fat Vanilla Yoghurt

1 tub (200g) contains around 26.4g or 6 teaspoons. (source: Calorie King)

BBQ sauce

1 tablespoon contains 7.6g (20ml) nearly 2 teaspoons on something that has no nutritional value at all! ….. My kids would have at least 2 tablespoons if I let them!

Teriyaki sushi roll

2 of these rolls contains 16.3g. 4 teaspoons here but at least you have nutritional value. Who would have thought. It is all in the rice and the teriyaki.

Ignorance is bliss sometimes but when it comes to fueling your body we all need to take responsibility and make it our job to understand what is in it. I am not saying you can’t have it but at least know what you are feeding yourself and especially your kids as they can’t make that decision yet!

Written by Kirsty Robbie - Founder of StudioForty6 and CHEK exercise coach.

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