I’ve been tricked!
Monday, April 29, 2013
Yikes! I watched recently a DVRed episode of the Dr. Oz show and learned something that I’ll never forget, and frankly something that’s going to change my meal planning from here on out.
What’s that you might ask?
Well, frankly, that a container of yogurt has more sugar in it than 8 ounces of regular soda, and here I thought it was healthy.
I could barely believe my ears, so I checked it out for myself.
Yes, 8 ounces of regular Coca-Cola has 27 grams of sugar in it as was stated on the Dr. Oz show and shockingly enough, the 8 ounce container of yogurt that came from my fridge had 39 grams of sugar in it!
So what does that really mean in terms that I can really understand?
Well, that there’s some math that needs to be done. I’m not a math wiz, so I’ll admit I had the help of Google on this one, but I then converted grams into ounces and then ounces into teaspoons so I could visualize what 39 grams of sugar really looks like.
Here it is.
Thirty-nine grams equals 1.37568 ounces and 1.37568 equals 8.25408 teaspoons.
Okay, so we’ll say it’s a little over 8 teaspoons to simplify.
I don’t think I’ve ever added 8 teaspoons of sugar to a single serving of anything, ever.
If I did, all I can say is “Yikes, what could I have been thinking?” Obviously not at all because I can’t remember such a time.
I used to add 3 teaspoons of sugar to my cereal or my tea before I gave up doing so, first in favor of agave nectar and then just not at all.
So now I can’t even imagine doing anything like this, it seems all the more absurd the more I think about it.
So now, as was suggested by the show, I will be doing things differently.
No longer will I buy any yogurt in it with so much sugar in it. I gave up soda for the most part because of the sugar content, so why should I consume something else that has more sugar in it than soda?
That wouldn’t make any sense.
So now, since I do like to get yogurt in my diet, I’m buying a variety that either has less sugar in it, or buying plain and sweetening it myself with my oh so amazingly delicious agave nectar and adding some fruit.
I have to wonder what possesses a food company to think that 8 teaspoons of sugar in a single serving of any food is a good idea.
If I ate one of those yogurts a day for a week, I’d have consumed 57.77856 teaspoons of sugar, just in yogurt alone.
The sad thing is, before I watched the show, I had bought 7 yogurts, each with about that amount of sugar in it and I think even one or two of them with a little more and I bought that to eat this week.
I thought I was doing something healthy. Now I know otherwise.
I didn’t really have an idea of what to look for when it came to sugar content. I know how to measure food in a way by counting carbs, but I don’t always look. The carb count on that 39-gram-of-sugar yogurt is 49 grams of carbs.
That is high – very high frankly.
I didn’t think I had to worry about yogurt.
It’s been my friend, an easy snack to shove in my bag and take to work with me.
Now, I think I better be careful.
A nutritionist once told me a few years ago that the yogurts now a days are more like desserts than they are anything else.
I was told to look for the lower calorie yogurts.
I did for a while, but I didn’t look at anything other than the calories at that point, and later, I decided as long as the yogurt fit within my tracked calories, I could eat any yogurt I wanted.
Oh, it seems not.
I conquered early-stage diabetes, and I’m not going back there if I can help it.
I think that means that I have to be wary of foods containing that much sugar, no matter what it is.
Awareness can be a shocking thing sometimes.
Let’s just say, I’m quite shocked.