Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Welcome to the haunted kitchen! Foods that look healthy are actually hiding creepy ingredients like excess sugar and salt. Can you tell which snacks are sneaking around costumed as healthy? Even common staples might be spookier than you think. Click each card to see which food item is a trick and which is a treat!

Orange Juice

It’s a trick!

While it’s costumed as a healthful fruity treat, orange juice has a scary amount of sugar without adding nutritional value with treats like fiber. Producers often add “flavor packs” to orange juice during processing, which raise the sugar content to a level similar to that of soda!

Ketchup

It’s a trick!

Although ketchup is good at masquerading as a beloved healthy food – the tomato - don’t be fooled by ketchup’s costume. A tablespoon of the leading ketchup brand contains four grams of sugar, which seems innocent at first. However, most people are going to use far more than one tablespoon for their French fries and a hamburger, which opens a door for sugar to creep up on the average consumer.

Flavored Yogurt

Boo!

This fridge must be haunted. Here comes sugar creeping in again. In addition to naturally-occurring sugar, this flavored yogurt also contains sugar added by producers. A six-ounce serving of the average fruit-flavored yogurt contains about 32 grams – or 8 teaspoons - of sugar! That’s the same as a 12-ounce can of regular soda. Given that the daily recommended allowance of sugar is no more than 9 teaspoons, one flavored yogurt could nearly max out your daily limit! Watch out!

Sports Drinks

It’s a trick!

If you thought this drink delivered a healthy, nutritious boost, you’ve just been tricked. Even though the extra electrolytes might give you a necessity shock, sports drinks can also have as much added sugar as soda-- in addition to other additives that have hidden caffeine content. While sports drinks are marketed as healthy and integral to physical activity, they were originally developed for Florida athletes working in the hot sun for multiple hours, not for people doing low-intensity exercise for less than an hour. Water might be just as healthy, without the creepy added ingredients.

Flavored Instant Oatmeal Packets

Gotcha!

Oatmeal is a popular breakfast favorite, but you’re in for a scary surprise if your oatmeal is flavored. Sugar and salt creep into flavored oatmeal packets in astonishing quantities. There are almost 3 teaspoons of sugar in a single packet of flavored oatmeal. Instant oatmeal also contains added sodium in ghoulish quantities: about 200 milligrams per packet on average. That’s as much salt as your body needs in an entire day. Plain oatmeal is your partner in crime if you’re looking for a nutritious breakfast.Given that the daily recommended allowance of sugar is no more than 9 teaspoons, one flavored yogurt could nearly max out your daily limit! Watch out!

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