We all know that sugar can be found in copious amounts in certain foods, but there are still a few surprises as to which foods contain seriously high levels. Of course the problem is that the actual amount of sugar is often hidden, so we can easily be consuming more sugar than we actually realize. So, to prove this point here are some foods that surprisingly have very high amount of sugar.
Milk is good for us thanks to the level of calcium that is in it, but it is also very high in sugar. In a typical serving you are looking at approximately 12g of sugar. Do yourself a real favor by limiting yourself to around one glass of milk per day or you are going to be able to get a large percentage of your daily intake of sugar just by drinking milk.
So many people love coleslaw, but fewer people are aware of the amount of sugar that is in the average serving. If we use one cup as a serving size, then you can expect 3.5 teaspoons in each cup. This is surprising for a number of people as they are not aware of the sweetness in most varieties and do not think that the cheaper versions will be worse as this amount of sugar is pretty standard.
Greek yogurt is well known for being a healthy food, but for your own sake you should always buy the un-flavored option because flavored yogurt uses a lot of sugar in order to really get that taste going. In a typical pot you can expect around 20g of sugar and that really is sky high for such a small amount of yogurt.
If you thought that food in a restaurant was healthier than the home made option, then think again. Instead, there are some dishes out there that are actually not healthy at all. It may come as a surprise, but there are some meals out there that are capable of completely busting any diet plan, as these examples will show. These meals really are the most fattening restaurant foods you should never order under any circumstances.
Mega Mel Burger
This burger is available at Mel’s Country Cafe in Texas and this is one serious gut wrenching meal. We are talking about a meal that has just over 4,500 calories, but then what would you expect when you are looking at a burger with 1.5 pounds of meat, a whole pound of bacon, a huge pile of American cheese, along with all of the dressings. The last thing you should be doing is having fries with this meal.
The Fifth Third Burger
Some would argue that this is technically not at a restaurant, but it is a diner at a minor league baseball stadium in Michigan and it has a burger meal that would make you pretty fat in next to no time if you ate this kind of thing on a regular basis. This meal has a total of 4,800 calories and you can understand why when you look at what is included in it. This is not just one burger, but it has five beef patties along with five slices of thick cheese, and a whole host of other ingredients that is all squashed onto an 8 inch bun. This is massive and your appetite needs to be massive as well just to stomach it.
If you thought that eating fatty food was bad for you, then think again. New studies show that our body actually needs some fat to help it work at its optimum level although clearly this is something that has to be done in moderation. The chances are, that you will be rather confused as to how it is possible for there to be benefits, but there are as can be seen by these reasons you must start eating fatty foods.
You Have A Better Body Composition
By eating fat, you will be able to get most of your daily calorie intake from this one source and this has been shown to be effective in providing you with a better overall body composition. You need different types of fat for various reasons including helping your body to produce key hormones and it will also improve your metabolism. One other thing that is surprising is that eating healthy fats will actually help you to lose weight if done correctly.
It Can Decrease Your Chances Of Heart Disease.
This goes against what you have been told for decades, but if you eat a lot of beef, then you were previously told that it was full of fat. However, over half of the fat in beef is actually the same type of fat as is found in olive oil, and we all know how good that is for our body. What is clear is that if you can identify foods that contain monounsaturated fat, then you can boost your health rather than make it worse.
It Helps You To Put On Muscle
Eating fatty foods can help you to put on muscle. The reason for this is that, when it is the correct fat, it boosts the production of hormones and also helps with your recovery from working out. This, in turn, means that you will get more from your strength training and see results in a shorter period of time.
It Fills Without You Feeling Deprived Of Food
When you know that you are eating the correct type of fat you will then see how you benefit from feeling full without feeling as if you have been missing out on food. This does mean that it becomes easier to lose weight as you eat smaller portions and still get the same amount of nutrients and goodness. Most people put on weight by simply overeating, so at least by doing this you avoid that particular problem.
There is no doubt that a dressing can add so much to a salad and there are a whole host of delicious options that are out there for you to choose from. However, if you are focusing on your health it is important that you pay close attention to certain details because a dressing can be rather deceptive with calories as well as sodium levels and even fat. So, keeping that in mind, these are the highest calorie dressings you better stop using, if you are serious about looking out for your health.
The Ranch Dressing
This is of course very popular, but ranch dressings are in general pretty unhealthy. Take the example by Hidden Valley. It has 140 calories and 14g of fat per serving and that is pretty much standard for this type of dressing. The vast majority of the calories that you consume with this dressing comes purely from fat, so if you do love the taste of it, then make sure that you go for the low-fat option to see a huge change in the calorie count.
Ken’s Steakhouse Buttermilk Ranch
This dressing might be creamy, but it is also full of fat. You are typically looking at 20g of fat per serving and 180 calories and that is a crazy amount for something that is supposed to be as simple as a dressing. This version also has 280 milligrams of sodium and that is not going to do your body any good considering the amount of salt you will be consuming on a regular basis with the rest of your diet.
Wish-Bone Thousand Island Dressing
Thousand Island dressing has long been a favorite for salad lovers, but it is also one of the unhealthiest dressings on the market. This version by Wish-Bone is higher than a number of others with 130 calories per serving and 12g of fat along with 330 milligrams of sodium. Yet again you should try using a low-fat option, but the sodium level is still going to be quite high even with the slimmed down version.