Before your next grocery store trip, you might want to reconsider the foods you once thought of as "healthy." Manufacturers, it turns out, are pretty liberal when it comes to marketing their products as healthy. Study the nutrition labels, though, and you'll see that there are some surprising sugar bombs out there, and it's a bigger problem than it initially appears.
In fact, a new Credit Suisse report is shining light on the scary truth about global sugar consumption. A key finding in the report revealed that “90 percent of doctors surveyed believed that the sharp growth in Type II diabetes and the current obesity epidemic are strongly linked to excess sugar consumption.” Another scary fact: 30 to 40 percent of healthcare spending in the U.S. goes towards issues that, in the end, can be traced back to all the sugar we're eating.
The report focused on artificial sweeteners, but you should really be scrutinizing all types of sugar intake when shopping for next week’s meals. Be on the lookout for surprisingly sweet foods like these. Even an original glazed Krispy Kreme doughtnut, with 10 grams of sugar, is barely a contender against these sugar bombs:
VitaminWater (20 oz): 32 grams of sugar
= 3.2 Krispy Kremes
Odwalla Super Food Smoothie (12 oz): 50 grams of sugar
= 5 Krispy Kremes
Craisins Dried Cranberries: 29 grams of sugar
= 2.9 Krispy Kremes
Yoplait Original Yogurt: 27 grams of sugar
= 2.7 Krispy Kremes
California Pizza Kitchen Thai Chicken Salad: 45 grams of sugar
= 4.5 Krispy Kremes
Tropicana Orange Juice: 22 grams of sugar
= 2.2 Krispy Kremes
Motts Apple Sauce: 22 grams of sugar
= 2.2 Krispy Kremes
Power Bar, Chocolate Peanut Butter: 23 grams of sugar
= 2.3 Krispy Kremes
Low Fat Chocolate Pudding: 15 grams of sugar
= 1.5 Krispy Kremes
Rethinking your morning smoothie or late-day snack? Us, too. The report states that, as with alcohol and tobacco, higher taxation on drinks is the best way to reduce sugar intake and help fund growing healthcare costs linked to diabetes and obesity. But considering regulators around the world haven’t done much to deal with the problem of excess sugar, it might be awhile before you start to see your favorite health foods actually become healthy. Your best bet: Be a smart consumer and keep reading those labels.