by Elizabeth Gilhuly, Contributor, Health Lifestyle Coach
For those on the path to raw, trying each day to sub something raw for a packaged good, let's bring our attention for a moment to sugar as an ingredient in some common packaged goods.
"I don't eat much sugar," you say? You may be eating more than you think...
Since our cooking measurements are all in teaspoons, cups, etc., the gram metric measurement for packaged goods can easily be misleading.
Fact: One teaspoon of granulated sugar equals 4 grams of sugar. That's right! For every 4 grams of sugar, you are eating 1 full teaspoon of sugar.
Now look at the ingredient label of your can of ice tea, breakfast cereal or even pint of yogurt... (Incidentally, yogurt is one less expected source for high amounts of added sugar). Are you following the suggested serving size? Most of us don't. So, from the suggested serving size vs. what you are eating, look at the grams of sugar and divide that number of grams by 4, and now you see the truth.
The sugar in fruit is a different type of sugar... Amid the fiber of the fruit and other components, the sugar in fruit is digested in a very different way. Notice how you feel the next time you consume a packaged item with added sugar vs. how you feel when you eat a bowl of fruit.