Tuesday, January 26, 2016

How Much Sugar?

We all know it's important to limit our daily intake of sugar - especially the added, refined, nutritionally empty variety found in many packaged and processed items. But do you really know how much of the white stuff is in everyday fare? Check out this chart that I compiled from the USDA's National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference:

How Much Sugar?

Plain milk (1 cup)                                13g
Chocolate milk (1 cup)                        24g
Chocolate milk shake (1 cup)              48g 

Orange (1 large)                                  23g
Orange juice (1 cup)                            24g
Orange soda (12 oz can)                     43g
Tomato (1 large)                                  5g
Tomato juice (1 cup)                           7g
Tomato soup (1 cup)                           12g
Tomato ketchup (1 cup)                      55g
Tomato pasta sauce (1 cup)                 22g 

Carrot (1 large)                                    3g
Carrot cake (1/10th cake)                    32g 

Plain rolled oats (⅓ cup)                     0g
Flavoured instant oatmeal (1 pkt)       16g
Oatmeal raisin cookie (1 cookie)         10g
Plain granola (1 cup)                           24g
Chewy apple granola bar (1 bar)         7g

Did anything surprise you? What food in your diet do you think has the most sugar?

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I started my "working life" as a holistic and allopathic nutritional consultant with a love of cooking. Teaching the value of wholesome meal choices to families became close to my heart after I battled a long history of struggles with weight and health, and the passion for teaching led me into where I am now. My blog, which focuses on "bringing good taste to healthier food" through creative use of whole grains, fresh produce and acknowledging the importance of the occasional treat, also features a wealth of "specialty diet" friendly recipes for gluten-, egg-, dairy- and sugar- tree nut-free items that everyone can enjoy without alienating those who need them.

Overall, I want to bring back the desire for good quality, homemade, (mostly) healthy food into the hearts and kitchens of families so that the next generation will be less box-reliant than mine. I firmly believe that any “homemade” food, even when labelled as "naughty", is a more wholesome treat than pre-packaged, cookie-cutter junk. With the knowledge of good food (and how to cook good food) as a base, a healthy lifestyle can follow, and then anything is possible!

Today, my love for teaching is branching out even further - I'm in Montessori training to solidify my love for the system and working with children and families!