How to avoid hidden sugars at barbecues

HOUSTON – Summer means barbecues, and that means plenty of burgers, cake, ice cream, pasta and salad.

While many people try to make good food choices, but nutritionists warned that sugar that is hiding in those foods can still pack on the pounds.

"We go into a coffee shop and grab a bagel,” said food journalist Kelly Choi. “We see whole wheat bagel. We're thinking we're doing something good for our bodies, but it turns out that eating that bagel has the same hidden sugar effect as consuming 7.5 teaspoons of sugar."

Choi said high amounts of sugar in our bodies at any given time can contribute to inflammation, obesity and diabetes.

Some of the favorite foods at barbecues include sneaky sugars.

For example, a tablespoon of ketchup has a teaspoon of sugar in it. Two tablespoons of Thousand Island dressing includes three teaspoons of sugar. Hot dog and hamburger buns come along with roughly 12 teaspoons of sugar.

So, how do people avoid that extra sugar?

Choi recommended people skip the barbecue sauce, the cake and high-calorie drinks.


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