8 "Healthy" Snacks That Are More Fattening Than a Twinkie
Are these 8 fattening foods in your fridge? See the snacks that are sabotaging your diet now
I love those little rolls of heaven, but they definitely don't love me. That's because just one Twinkie has a whopping 18 grams of sugar, which knocks out nearly 100 percent of my daily sugar quota in one fell swoop. So I steer clear of my favorite dessert and reach for healthier foods instead. If I'm craving something sweet after lunch, I make a fro-yo run; if I'm still feeling hungry after dinner, I have a bowl of cereal.
But here's the thing: Karen Ansel, MS, RD, co-author of "The Calendar Diet: A Month by Month Guide to Losing Weight While Living Your Life," says some of the "healthy" picks at your grocery store have more sugar than your off-limits desserts. In fact, things like whole wheat bread, yogurt, and granola have more grams of sugar than the ubiquitous Twinkie.
Skip ahead to see the 8 fattening foods that have more sugar than a Twinkie here.
And the real danger comes not just because we eat these fattening foods, but because we think they're healthy, says Ansel. "Everything is OK in moderation," she says. But of course, when we think a food is good for us, we tend to snack with abandon. The result? An ever-expanding waistline.
While the "healthy" daily amount of sugar is up for hot debate right now (the World Health Organization says added sugar should make up no more than 10 percent of your daily caloric intake; the American Heart Association says it should only make up 4 percent), all experts agree we're consuming too much of the white stuff. The AHA says added sugars like high-fructose corn syrup and table sugar found in sodas, desserts, and other processed foods are responsible for Americans' overall increase in calorie consumption and the subsequent rise in obesity.
Over the past 30 years, Americans have consumed an average of 150 to 300 more calories per day than we used to -- and we haven't increased our physical activity. And experts say most of these extra cals are coming from added sugars. It's no wonder more than two-thirds of us are battling obesity.
To stay in your skinny jeans, watch out for these "healthy" (read: high-sugar and highly fattening) foods.
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