5 “Healthy” foods to stay away from!

Leanne Azimov


Many people that train regularly or are simply watching their weight have come to realize that one of the main components to a flat belly is eliminating, or drastically reducing sugar from their diet. Being mindful of the sugar content of the food you put into your body is imperative in order to achieve your diet goals. Even though you can probably identify added sugar in most products, many supposedly healthy products add sugar to enhance flavor. The following is a list of products that have hidden sources of sugar and should be avoided to decrease belly fat. I have also included healthy sugar-free alternatives. 


  1. Fruit or vanilla flavored yogurt.Yes, that’s correct. Your snack size yogurt can contain between 20-30g of added sugar. For a healthy alternative, try buying plain yogurt and add some fresh berries or even a dash of vanilla extract. If you really need the sweetness, add a touch of honey!
  2. Many of your favorite condiments such as ketchup, BBQ sauce, teriyaki sauce and even tomato sauce contain added sugar. Instead, try buying sugar-free versions of ketchup and BBQ sauce and make your own sugar-free teriyaki and tomato sauce. You control all the ingredients by making it at home! Also, traditional yellow mustard has very little sugar and is a healthy alternative for condiments or for dressings (see # 4).
  3. Fruit Juice. Although most fruit juices do contain vitamin C, folate and potassium they contain very little fibre and tons of added sugar. It is better to eat the actual fruit which contain all the nutrients and loads of fibre, slowing down the absorption of sugar into the blood stream. For a delicious low-sugar fruit flavored beverage, try lemon or lime-infused water.
  4. Salad dressings. Salad dressings can contain a lot of calories and added sugar. Many of the low-fat varieties actually use sugar in place of fat to keep the taste palatable. My advice is to pay attention to the nutrition label and choose oil-based salad dressings with no added sugar. Homemade olive oil and balsamic vinaigrette is my personal favorite. Add some yellow mustard for an extra kick!
  5. Breakfast cereals.My thoughts on breakfast cereals can take up an article of its own. But to keep it simple, most breakfast cereals and especially children breakfast cereals, can contain up to 5 teaspoons of added sugar (that’s equivalent to eating 1 and a half cookies). Ditch the cereal and try making homemade oatmeal (with berries or banana), or eat good-old wholesome eggs.

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