Secret Sugar: What Are You Eating?

Secret Sugar: What Are You Eating?

Here's something that's more shocking than it is sweet. Granola Raisin-Bran cereal has twice the sugar of Trix cereal. Most Texomans we found shopping were stunned by this fact.

Because the Granola Raisin Bran contains fruit, some of the sugar in that cereal is natural. However, many food items containing dried fruits do also contain additional sweeteners.

This secret sugar is not just in cereal. We all know about the massive amounts of sodium canned soups contain, but what about the sweet stuff?

The label may say heart healthy, but what's not on the front of the can may surprise you. Over half of the daily sugar intake is in just one can.

"The front of the product may not be a true example of what's in the food," Registered Dietician Jessica Morath said.

While sugar is an important factor in the food you eat, it's more important whether it's natural or added. Take for instance, milk versus almond milk, which have similar amounts of sugar per serving.

"Dairy options have lactose, which is a natural sugar that's present," explained Morath. "You can look and see if there's added sugar. If you look at almond milk, almond's don't naturally have sugars in them. So added sugars are in there."

But what about artificial sweeteners? Even though you aren't packing on the calories, you should limit your intake of the often unpronounceable sweeteners.

"A lot of times artificial sweeteners are so sweet, your body thinks it's getting calories," Morath said. "But it's not getting calories, so you crave it more, or you crave other things and overcompensate because you had a Diet Coke."

Her advice? Turn that can around and search for the source of the sugar.

"You just need to look at the label and look at your ingredients and see where that sugar is coming from," Morath said.

Morath also cautioned consumers to beware of foods that sport the fat-free label. She says they may have taken out the fat, but they often put in additional salt or sugar to make the item taste good. As with anything food related, she said, it's all about moderation.

Nutritionists recommend that 10% of our calories come from added sugars. The American Heart Association recommends that men consume around 40 grams of sugar per day, and for women to consume 25 grams.

When asked which cereal she would pick, between Trix and Raisin-Bran, Morath was quick to say...neither. She advises picking a cereal with less than 6 grams of sugar per serving.

Dave Caulfield, Newschannel 6