Simply eliminating soda is a good start to work toward a healthier lifestyle, but it may not be enough. Many of the foods you consume on a daily basis have just as much, if not more, sugar than those sweetened beverages. This is bad news because sugar cravings are real, and they can wreak havoc on your body.
First, let’s look at a can of the sweet stuff. A typical, 12-ounce can of cola contains 39 grams of sugar, which is more than 9 teaspoons. While that’s clearly a lot of sweetness, plenty of popular foods have soda beat in the sugar department. Be on the lookout for these six foods.
1. Dried fruit
From antioxidants to vitamins and minerals, adding fruit to your diet is generally a healthy decision. However, I Quit Sugar explains dried fruit has been sapped of moisture, meaning the sugars concentrate. The article uses dried cranberries as an example.
A ½-cup serving of dried cranberries, which are usually sweetened, contains 37 grams of sugar while the same amount of the fresh fruit contains just 2 grams. The real takeaway with dried fruit is to keep portions small and look for varieties that don’t contain any added sweeteners. Better yet, go for the fresh stuff.