I grabbed a bottle of Sweet Baby Ray’s out of our fridge and snapped a photo of the label, including the ingredients.
It’s sweet alright, check out the first ingredient, high fructose corn syrup. But it doesn’t stop there. It also has pineapple juice concentrate, molasses, and sugar, let’s not forget the caramel color, also made from sugar.
Now let’s look to the nutritional information; one serving of Sweet Baby Ray’s has 16 grams of sugar. In simple math, that is four teaspoons of granulated sugar. Would you ever sit down and eat four teaspoons of straight sugar? Of course not.
This is just one example of hidden sugars, so it’s no wonder that the average American eats 160 pounds of sugar a year.
I want to challenge you to get in the habit of reading labels. Don’t worry so much about the nutrition facts (although necessary, and we will cover later), go straight to the ingredient list. Filter out high-sugar foods before they hit your shopping cart.