In the health conscious age we live in, keeping the amount of sugar we consume to a minimum is a goal that an increasing amount of us have
However, a study has revealed that we'll often be inadvertently enjoying sugar in foods that we're not even aware of - for instance, the average breakfast smoothie has been found to contain up to 28g per serving. In fact, many of us get caught up on the calorie in-take, with the sugar measurements per serving often ending up overlooked.
Therefore, to provide consumers with a helping hand, Canderel, the UK's largest sweetener brand, has partnered with Corporate Nutritionist Lily Soutter, to reveal the top 10 common foods that contain hidden sugars...
1. Breakfast smoothies – 28g per serving
2. Alcohol – 22g-40g per serving
3. Low fat yoghurt – 20.9g per serving
4. Breakfast bars – 20g per serving
5. Soup – 20g per serving
6. Granola – 14g per serving
7. Baked Beans – 10g per serving
8. Plant-based milks – 7g per serving
9. Salad dressings – 5.7g per serving
10. Wholemeal bagel – 5.5g per serving
It makes some surprising reading - for instance, this take the breakfast bar. It's viewed as a convenient and easy to grab bar for on-the-go eating, yet they actually add to the continued presence of sugar related issues, including tooth decay and weight gain.
However, a few simple swaps can help consumers to lower their daily sugar intake, whilst still getting to enjoy a delicious breakfast feast
Lily said: "The type of sugars that most of us consume too much of are those called free sugars, which are sugars added to food by manufacturers. Much of the sugar we consume is hidden in common every day foods, so we may unknowingly be consuming well over our 30g per day. To help combat this, simple swaps such as replacing sugar with a low-calorie sweetener can be a fast track way of reducing intake, without compromising on flavour."