Which foods contain hidden sugar?
Sugar sometimes lurks where we least expect it. And even with well-known “fattening foods” we are quite astonished when we hear how many cubes of sugar a product actually contains. Ready for some sugary-sweet revelations?
Ketchup is the perhaps most popular accompaniment to chips. However, if you think that its red colour would imply that ketchup largely consists of tomatoes, you would be very much mistaken. A 500 ml bottle contains approximately 130 g of sugar, which corresponds to 43 sugar cubes!
An industrially produced fruit yoghurt would initially appear to be a healthy snack or a light breakfast. But this is not true: a 150 g cup of yoghurt contains up to six cubes of sugar (that’s 18 g)!
Our delicious tip against hidden sugar: make your own fruit yoghurt – without sugar and perhaps with the natural sweetness of SteviaSweet. It’s so easy with recipe Raspberry smoothie bowl (vegan)
Every now and then, a muesli bar can help if we feel a bit hungry in the afternoon. At first glance, this would seem to be a healthy option. Right? However, if we look at the amount of sugar they contain, unfortunately not – muesli bars are proper sugar bombs! On average, one bar contains about three sugar cubes!
If you want to skip the sugar but not the delicious snack, we have the perfect recipe for you: Home-made muesli bar (vegan).
During winter, we like to indulge in red cabbage from a jar, while gherkins can take a summer barbecue to the next level – now who would expect a hidden sugar trap there? But be careful: a larger 700 g jar can easily contain 25 sugar cubes (77 g). Gherkins (in a jar weighing about 670 g) have 12 g of sugar per jar, which corresponds to four sugar cubes.
We therefore recommend controlled home cooking: try our delicious recipes for preserved vegetables and home-made pickles
Do you love pasta with tomato sauce? A 400 g jar contains about 25 g of sugar – that’s eight sugar cubes.
But don’t worry. Of course we have a sugar-free recipe for this delicious dish: enjoy our pasta with caramelized onion and cep mushrooms.
Who doesn’t like these colourful treats? But did you know that they are half sugar? 100 g of gummy bears contain 50 g sugar or 27 sugar cubes.
The SteviaSweet team couldn’t live without gummy bears, which is why we came up with our own version, using stevia and maltitol in place of sugar!
Okay, admittedly we would expect a chocolate spread to contain a lot of sugar. But it is still shocking to see 83 cubes – or 250 g – of sugar in a 450 g jar.
„Life without chocolate is life lacking something important." -
We wholeheartedly agree with this. Nevertheless, we know that another ingredient besides cocoa often comes into play when we eat chocolate: sugar.
Unless we choose sugar-free products! Have you already seen the SteviaSweet chocolate product range?
Half a litre of apple juice contains 50 g of fructose, but an easy trick will help you cut the sugar amount in half: simply mix the apple juice with water. After all, a spritzer tastes just as good as pure juice!
Fruit nectar only contains very little juice, but lots of water and sugar (both fructose and added sugar) – approximately 22 g per glass or seven sugar cubes. If you still want to enjoy something exotic from a bottle, why not add some more water to the nectar? The smooth flavour remains, while the amount of sugar is reduced.
Cola, Fanta, Sprite or industrially produced lemonade all have one thing in common. You can already guess ... it’s sugar! A 500 ml bottle can contain between eight and fourteen cubes of sugar.
How about a sugar-free version of iced tea? Our recipe tells you how to make a delicious thirst-quencher.
Red Bull may give you wings, at least for a short time, thanks to the seven sugar cubes in a 250 ml can. Our sugar-free suggestion provides more sustainable energy.
How about cornflakes with sugar for breakfast? Isn’t it great how they swirl around in the milk and melt on your tongue? But sadly, we eat twelve sugar cubes along with 100 g of cornflakes.
We recommend the sugar-free version. Simply add some SteviaSweet if you need a bit more sweetness. SteviaSweet Crystal is perfectly suited here.
(One teaspoon of SteviaSweet Crystal corresponds to two teaspoons of sugar.)