You can’t escape the sugar

Yesterday I wrote about an article I read talking about all the secret additives and preservatives that are added to supermarket ready meals (you can take a look at it here).

Today that old favourite sugar is back in the news and it turns out it is hidden everywhere.

OK first of let me say, I’m not an idiot, I can read the labels on food packaging (just about – they do try to confuse us), and I know there is a lot of hidden sugar, but I didn’t quite realise just how much.

For those of you who want to read the article in the Daily Mail for yourself here a link.

They list seven everyday foods thatĀ are packed with sugar that you might not realise are packed with sugar. They are:

  1. Salad Dressing
  2. Soup
  3. Yogurt
  4. Bread
  5. PeanutButter
  6. Cereal
  7. Frozen Meals

Why does bread need to be packed full of sugar? I’ve heard that American bread tastes like cake compared with European bread because of the amount of sugar they put into it. Does bread really need sugar in it? Surely the jam you put on it has enough sugar to make up for it. This make me want to get a bread maker so I can make my own bread and completely avoid sugar in my bread.

The salad dressing one just reminds of that thing people say about a McDonalds salad being worse for you than their hamburgers because of the amount of sugar they put in their salad dressing. I’m glad I don’t touch the stuff.

I’m not surprised about the cereals. Just look at most of them in the supermarkets. They pack them with sugar so that kids will eat them.

The frozen meals one is a bit of a shock but after reading that stuff yesterday I’ve already been put off them for life.

I’m confused by yogurt. One minute it’s healthy, low fat blah blah blah, the next its packed with sugar, a waste of money, and not good for you. What is it? Does anyone actually know anymore?

Why not just make your own soup? It’s not very difficult to make soup.

Kids eat peanut butter so again I’m not surprised it’s been loaded with sugar.

The thing that is truly worrying about all this is just how many foods out there are packed full of sugar. It’s like everything you buy at a supermarket is loaded with the stuff.

Everytime I read something like this it just encourages me more and more to cook all of my own meals, which I suppose is a good thing.

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