One of the key jobs of a caretaker—whether it’s looking after a child or a senior—is to ensure that their nutritional needs are being met.
That’s usually a job that’s easier said than done, especially when there are so many foods on the market that are being portrayed as healthy when they’re not what they seem. In order to avoid these pitfalls, you need to be able to read a food label and know what’s good and bad for you.
With that in mind, Centers Choice Home Care has a look at five foods that you wouldn’t think would be packed with added sugar but, in fact, are.
Those handcrafted coffee drinks at places like Dunkin’ Donuts and Starbucks are beyond packed with sugar. Some drinks that might not seem too bad actually pack the punch of around 11 teaspoons of added sugar, making for 180 calories in just sugar alone. And we’re not talking just adding cream and sugar. Coffees that have the flavor in their beans also do so by adding sugar and other preservatives.
Since it occurs naturally and have healthy aspects like proteins, vitamins, and minerals, honey is a great alternative to sugar. The body, however, breaks down honey as glucose and fructose, just like regular sugar, so be sure not to go overboard on honey.
- Some Peanut Butters
Take a look at the label if you’re buying peanut butter, as many reduced-fat varieties contain added sugar to make up for the loss in flavor. Besides, the fat in peanut butter is generally a healthy option, so just go for all-natural peanut butter if you enjoy it.
- Pasta Sauce
You can’t taste it, but most jarred pasta sauces have around the same amount of sugar in a half-cup as you can find in a chocolate chip cookie. Read the labels, as many organic and higher-priced sauces do not contain this added sugar.
- Salad Dressing
So you’ve made a healthy choice by eating a salad—don’t negate that choice by topping it with salad dressing that’s full of sugar! Many of the bottled dressings you can buy at the store contain sugar. Because of this, you’re better off making your own. Just use oil and vinegar or oil with some lemon juice to add flavor to your greens.
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