Hidden Sugars: Where to Look

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Awesome Granola

(Recipe from My Daily Moment)


  • Cooking spray
  • 3 cups rolled oats
  • 2/3 cup wheat germ
  • 1/2 cup slivered almonds
  • 1 pinch ground nutmeg
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup apple juice
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup dried mixed fruit
  • 1 cup quartered dried apricots

Preheat oven to 350° F. Spray down 2 cookie sheets with the cooking spray. In a mixing bowl, combine the oats, wheat germ, almonds, cinnamon and nutmeg. Separately, mix the apple juice, molasses and vanilla extract. Now, combine the wet ingredients with the dry ingredients. Finally, spread the mixture onto the prepared baking sheets.

Bake for 30 minutes, stirring once or twice during baking. Remove from oven once it has a golden-brown color. Allow to cool and then stir in the dried fruit.

Tomato-based Products

Tomatoes clock in at 5 grams of sugar naturally. If you purchase a tomato-based ketchup or soup and it reads as more than 5 grams per serving then you are probably consuming excess sugar. Food companies claim they add the sugar to improve the taste of tomato-based foods. True, sugar does improve some of the natural acidity of tomatoes, but you need to ensure your tomato sauce isn't just a sugar bomb in disguise.