Many people often complain about the fact that food products which don’t appear to be especially unhealthy can lead to weight gain. Dietologists have explained why: from time to time, even the most ordinary food can have an effect on our bodies since we’re largely unaware of what it actually contains.
Loopfy, therefore, decided to put together a list of food products that can have a greater effect on your figure than you could ever have expected.
1. Toasted corn breakfast cereals
“Eat cereal and watch your figure” is a claim we often hear from slim, sporty-looking women in advertisements. And we take them at their word, eating breakfast cereals almost every morning. But are they actually of any benefit to our figure? Actually, the average portion of cereal contains around 37 g of sugar (that’s a little more than 7 spoonfuls), which is already more than the recommended daily norm.
Surely there’s nothing bad for your figure in a yogurt, right? Even dietologists recommend eating them. But in actual fact, those doctors are referring to natural products without any sweeteners or chemicals to enhance the taste. Don’t confuse these healthy options with what you mostly see in the shops. Certain popular brands of drinking yogurt, such as Activia, can contain as much as 6 teaspoons of sugar.
3. Chocolate bars
A chocolate bar is one of the simplest and most convenient ways of getting some energy fast when you haven’t got much time. But the problem is, eat several of these a week and soon you won’t fit in your favorite pair of jeans anymore. And this is all because the most popular brands, like Mars and Snickers, are essentially uniform blocks of sugar. A standard-sized chocolate bar weighing around 55 g contains 27.5 g of sugar, which is about 5-6 teaspoons.
4. Pepsi and Coca-Cola
We love these soft drinks for the fact that they both slake our thirst and dampen feelings of hunger. But both these effects don’t last long, and after about 10-15 minutes we want to drink and eat again. It’s perhaps for this reason that we don’t realize Coke and Pepsi are giving us an excessive amount of calories. Even a small 0.33-liter can of Pepsi contains as many as 8 spoonfuls of sugar, whilst Coca-Cola contains 7.
5. Sugar-coated candy
“How can a little packet of M&M’s do any harm?” we ask ourselves as we walk up to the cashier, grabbing a bag of them at the last minute along with the rest of our shopping. Well, here’s some bad news: in 100 g of this kind of candy there’s 472 kcal! As for the amount of sugar, a standard packet of 45 g contains 6 spoonfuls of sugar.
A couple of slices of toast spread with Nutella makes for a delicious breakfast. What could be bad about this? Well, take a look at the label: Nutella contains sugar, palm oil, nuts, cocoa powder, milk powder, vanilla extract, and whey powder. It’s a product with a very high-calorie content because 70% of its ingredients are fat and sugar. Just 2 tablespoons of Nutella contains 200 kcal and 21 g of sugar.
7. “Three in one” coffees
When we haven’t got time even to make a cup of coffee, packets of the instant variety can seem like a great idea. Yet a 20 g packet of “three in one” coffee contains around 70 kcal and 10 g of sugar (that’s 2 teaspoons). Is your convenience worth the extra centimeters you might add to your waistline?
8. Energy drinks
What should you do if you want to sleep but you’ve still got a lot of work to get through? Many people would advise you to use an energy drink. It’s true that these products can wake you up for a time and improve your productivity, but it’s not worth drinking them too often. They can significantly increase your arterial pressure and the amount of sugar in your blood. And on the subject of the sugar content, a can of Red Bull contains around 27 g of sugar, so if you drink it too often you can very rapidly put on weight.
You weren’t expecting this to be on the list, right? Well, it turns out that ketchup also contains sugar despite its completely different taste. And it’s not a small amount — 100 g of our favorite sauce contains around 20 to 30 g of sugar. Of course, most people don’t eat entire bottles of ketchup in one go, but it’s worth remembering just how many additional calories you could be consuming if you eat it regularly.
Many of us are told when we’re still children that fruit juice is not only tasty but also good for us. But this rule doesn’t apply to many of the cartons of juice you find in the supermarkets today — most of which contain a large amount of sugar. A standard glass of grape juice contains 58 g of sugar, apple juice contains 39 g, and pear juice 37 g.