Sneaky Sugar Surprise #1: Soy Sauce
I was reading through my e-mails and I occasionally get information sent to me from the Spark Community. They are an online resource for people trying to lose weight. Normally, I find their emails very informative, but I have to say that this one was misleading as heck! It read 15 Surprising Sources of Added Sugar. I was so excited! It came at the best time possible, just as I am embarking on a quest to avoid added sugar!
Unfortunately, I found only one of them truly surprising: coleslaw. Now, I have to stop and wonder if it is because I am fairly educated in aspects of nutrition or if the list was a bit silly. I mean, come on. Chocolate milk, sweetened teas, sports drinks, fruit drinks, ketchup and barbecue sauces. Aren’t these OBVIOUSLY products that contain added sugars? Is it just me?
So, I’ve decided to post some sugar surprises of my own. Some will be based on amount of sugar that the product has, which can be surprising, while other will be about the fact that the product has sugar at all. Maybe sometimes it will be a combination of both.
The first YOTD Sneaky Sugar Surprise is: SOY SAUCE
Not all of them have sugar, but for example the No Name brand from Loblaws has sugar listed as the third ingredient just after water and hydrolysed soy protein. Yikes, it’s not even made with whole soybeans. It shows that there are 1g of sugar on the nutrition label for every tbsp. of the soy sauce but I’m not sure what that represents exactly. Considering it is on the list of ingredients though, it is definitely added sugar.
We buy the San-J Organic Gluten Free Tamari. It takes great and is made with organic soybeans. It has no added sugar and has no significant source of sugars listed on the nutrition table on the back. Oh and ps, it actually tastes much better.
Anyone surprised that there is added sugar in some soy sauces? How about the Spark People list, am I alone in my lack of surprise for many of the items they chose to include?
- 15 Surprising Sources of Added Sugar Slideshow (vickycolas.wordpress.com)