Many healthy foods contain unnecessary calories and hidden sugar. Here is a list of 9 products with an unexpected source of simple carbohydrates to be careful with (in everyday use).
- Dried fruits – certain types of fruit become acidic during the drying process, which is why producers add sugar. Buy products that do not contain added sugar to protect yourself from excessive carbohydrate intake. It is recommended to dry the fruit at home (in a dehydrator). Limit the portion to 2 tablespoons of dried fruit a day.
- Canned fruits – to prolong the shelf life and improve the taste, canned fruits are mostly topped with thick syrups that are full of sugar. So buy canned fruit topped with your own juice or water. The mark is on the declaration.
- Energy bar and granola bar/plates- Some types of these healthy foods have extra sugars in addition to natural sugars from plain and nuts. Careful reading of the declaration is desirable. Choose products with as few additional ingredients as possible.
- Nut Milk — Most almond or hazelnut milks are made from water, sugar, and a low percentage of nuts (because almond and hazelnut prices are consistently quite high). So you can make homemade milk at home. Pour a handful of almonds or hazelnuts with a cup of water. Leave overnight. Strain the liquid in the morning. Pour a new cup of water and mix the mixture in a blender.
- Fruit yogurt-the sweet taste of plain yogurt comes from the lactose (milk sugar) contained in yogurt. The sweet taste of fruit yogurt is due to added sugar or sugar syrup and not from fructose (natural fruit sugar). So add fresh or frozen fruit and nuts, oatmeal or spices (cinnamon, anise, nutmeg, etc.) to plain yogurt to protect yourself from excessive carbohydrate intake. Then mix all the ingredients in a blender.
- Tomato juice, peeled tomato and ketchup – tomato is a natural sour vegetable. That is why sugar is added to tomato products (juice, peeled tomato, concentrate, etc.). So make tomato juice or other products at home or read the declaration carefully and buy products without added sugar.
- Salad dressings – it is best to make a homemade salad dressing from vinegar (apple, wine or balsamic vinegar). You can make a salad dressing from lemon juice, cold-pressed oil of your choice and herbal spices (thyme, mint, rosemary, etc.).
- Ready-made frozen meals – meals with a reduced percentage of fat usually contain sugar, which is compensation for the lack of fat. Use less frequently or as needed by the household.
- Marinades – toppings and marinades enrich meat dishes. It is recommended to make toppings and marinades at home. Purchased products usually contain extra sugar, so such products should be used carefully.