Hidden sugar in your food

November 6, 2007 12:00:00 AM PST
Are you consuming more sugar than you need in you diet? Find the hidden sugars in your favorite foods.

Some of the foods you eat every day have lots of hidden sugar. Nutritionist and culinary expert, Marlene Koch, teaches us where the sugar is hiding in our favorite foods.

1. Blended coffee drinks

  • Grande coffee drink with whip -- 58 grams of sugar (= 14 cubes or teaspoons sugar)
  • Venti -- 77 grams of sugar (= 19 cubes or teaspoons sugar)

2. Smoothies

  • Original size -- 107 grams of sugar (= over 1/2 cup 0r 27 teaspoons)
  • Power (the biggie) -- 138 grams of sugar ( 34 teaspoons)

3. Dried Fruit

  • 1/4 cup raisins -- 30 grams sugar == 30 whole grapes
  • 1 ounce dried sweetened pineapple -- 24 grams of sugar == 1 1/3 cups pineapple chunks
  • 1/3 cup dried cherries (yum) -- 40 grams of sugar == 40 fresh cherries

4. Three bean salad

  • 3/4 cup -- as much as 24 grams sugar == 6 teaspoons

5. Apple Pie ala mode

  • 120 grams of sugar == 30 teaspoons

About Marlene Koch:
Marlene Koch, RD, has specialized in delicious food and healthy lifestyles for over twenty years. Thus, when Marlene realized she couldn't bake a delicious cake without sugar for her stepdaughter newly diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, she set out to find the sweet solution! Marlene is now a foremost authority on sugar and sugar substitutes and the author of the best-selling healthy, low-sugar hardback cookbook series which includes Unbelievable Desserts and Fantastic Food with Splenda, and her newest release, Marlene Koch's Sensational Splenda Recipes: 375 Recipes Low in Sugar, Fat and Calories (M.Evans publisher). With combined sales of over 500,000 copies, Marlene and her books successfully bridge the gap between good food and good health!

Marlene graduated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in nutrition from U.C.L.A. in 1986 and is one of a select group of dietitians to hold an advanced certificate in Child and Adolescent Weight Management from the American Dietetic Association. Combining her love of food with her educational foundation, she has held such positions as Hospital Foodservice Director, Nutrition Professor, Cooking Instructor for the Columbus State Culinary Academy and as a national nutrition educator to chefs for the American Culinary Federation. Her passion for teaching others how to make healthy food taste delicious also extend to her private nutrition practice specializing in weight loss, diabetes, wellness and sports nutrition.

Marlene loves to teach (and to eat!); her energetic and upbeat style has made her a popular food and nutrition speaker for organizations such as the American Heart Association and American Diabetes Association. Her television and radio appearances are numerous and include affiliates for ABC, NBC, CBS and FOX, Northwest Afternoon (Seattle), Urban Rush (Vancouver), and WOR Radio. She is also a regular guest on QVC. Additionally, her books and recipes have been featured everywhere from "The Today Show" to "The Food Network" as well as in print publications such as "Cooking Light, Diabetic Cooking Magazine, Her Sports" and "Men's Fitness."

Marlene currently resides near San Francisco with her two healthy sweet-loving sons and husband, and remains an active member of the American Dietetic Association, The Food and Culinary Professionals Association and the International Association of Culinary Professionals.

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