11 Foods With Enough Sugar To Shock You

11 Foods With Enough Sugar To Shock You

Do you know where added sugars are hiding in your diet?
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Today, added sugars are everywhere. It's hard to escape them completely, and while the recommended daily intake for women is 25g and 36g for men, many of these foods will max you out with just one serving. Read on to learn just how much sugar is lurking in your pantry.

1. Granola bars

Some granola bars contain up to 25g of sugar. That's as much sugar as a Hershey bar! Not all granola bars are this bad. Regardless, granola is generally very easy to make yourself and you can control exactly what goes into it. That would be the best option if you need some granola in your life.

2. Yogurt

Yogurt is a healthy snack between meals and a healthy breakfast, too, right? WRONG. Activia Probiotic Greek Nonfat Vanilla Yogurt has a whopping 20g of sugar in just one serving. The best option for your yogurt necessities is definitely a non-fat, plain yogurt. Read your labels to ensure you're not getting tricked by this health scam!

3. Fruit juices

One glass of Welch's Grape Juice will have you consuming a whopping 36g of sugar. The fiber in real fruit counteracts the sugars within them, making the body slow down when processing them. Juice strips the fruits of this fiber, which means that sugar is all processed very rapidly. If you want a little fruit boost in your day, try eating whole fruits instead!

4. Pop/Soda

One Coke can't be that bad, surely... You'd be wrong again. One 12oz. serving of Coca-Cola contains 39g of added sugar. For a female, that's 14g over the entire recommended daily intake. If you cut one thing out of your diet after reading this, let it be this.

5. BBQ sauce

The serving size of most sauces is 2 tbsp, but even at that unreasonably low number (who only eats 2 tbsp of any sauce, especially BBQ?), Sweet Baby Ray's will have you consuming 16g of sugar in a short time. YIKES. Beware your sauces, and always read the label to find the best option.

6. Teas

Many bottled teas have at least 11g of sugar, but one weighs in at 69g! That's right, it's the Extra Sweet Pure Leaf Iced Tea. Tea may seem like a harmless choice, but stick to brewing your own and drinking it unsweetened. If you can't, look for teas that have a natural sweetness to them.

7. Red pasta sauce

Soiled again with the added sugars. Most pasta sauces have around 7g of sugar, but some clock in at a huge12g. This is for a half cup serving! One of these sauces is Chunky Ragu, Tomato, Garlic, and Onion.

8. Ice cream

Obviously, ice cream has a lot of sugar. That's what makes it so yummy! But just how much does it contain? In one serving of Häagen-Dazs Salted Caramel ice cream, there's a massive 29g of sugar. This may not be shocking at first — until you consider that this is 4g over the recommended added sugar intake for an ENTIRE DAY for women and just 7g under the recommended sugar intake for men.

9. Soup

Soups may seem like the better option when counting calories, but it's important to know where those calories come from. In Campbell’s Slow Kettle Style Tomato & Sweet Basil Bisque, there are 24g of sugar per serving!

10. Instant oatmeal

Instant oatmeal might seem like a quick and healthy breakfast solution, but not always. Oatmeal is beneficial for your diet, but not with 21g of sugar per serving! We're looking at you, McCann's Quick & Easy Steel Cut Irish Oatmeal in Apple Cinnamon.

11. Sports drinks

The premise behind sports drinks may be good for hardcore athletes, but for the average person, they're packed with unnecessary amounts of sugar. A 20 oz. bottle of Gatorade contains 34g of sugar, which will definitely not help you obtain your desired physique.

Whether you feel enlightened after this or not, reading the labels on the things you're putting on your body can be a great way to start leading a healthier life. Added sugars in our foods are a huge problem in the U.S. right now, and being educated is the first step to being a more health-conscious you. Now go on with your bad self and see where you can start cutting out excess sugar in your diet!

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Because "pretty" is so overrated.
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Nowadays, we put so much emphasis on our looks. We focus so much on the outside that we forget to really focus on what matters. I was inspired by a list that I found online of "Things I Would Rather Be Called Instead Of Pretty," so I made my own version. Here is a list of things that I would rather be than "pretty."

1. Captivating

I want one glance at me to completely steal your breath away.

2. Magnetic

I want people to feel drawn to me. I want something to be different about me that people recognize at first glance.

3. Raw

I want to be real. Vulnerable. Completely, genuinely myself.

4. Intoxicating

..and I want you addicted.

5. Humble

I want to recognize my abilities, but not be boastful or proud.

6. Exemplary

I want to stand out.

7. Loyal

I want to pride myself on sticking out the storm.

8. Fascinating

I want you to be hanging on every word I say.

9. Empathetic

I want to be able to feel your pain, so that I can help you heal.

10. Vivacious

I want to be the life of the party.

11. Reckless

I want to be crazy. Thrilling. Unpredictable. I want to keep you guessing, keep your heart pounding, and your blood rushing.

12. Philanthropic

I want to give.

13. Philosophical

I want to ask the tough questions that get you thinking about the purpose of our beating hearts.

14. Loving

When my name is spoken, I want my tenderness to come to mind.

15. Quaintrelle

I want my passion to ooze out of me.

16. Belesprit

I want to be quick. Witty. Always on my toes.

17. Conscientious

I want to always be thinking of others.

18. Passionate

...and I want people to know what my passions are.

19. Alluring

I want to be a woman who draws people in.

20. Kind

Simply put, I want to be pleasant and kind.

21. Selcouth

Even if you've known me your whole life, I want strange, yet marvelous. Rare and wondrous.

22. Pierian

From the way I move to the way I speak, I want to be poetic.

23. Esoteric

Do not mistake this. I do not want to be misunderstood. But rather I'd like to keep my circle small and close. I don't want to be an average, everyday person.

24. Authentic

I don't want anyone to ever question whether I am being genuine or telling the truth.

25. Novaturient

..about my own life. I never want to settle for good enough. Instead I always want to seek to make a positive change.

26. Observant

I want to take all of life in.

27. Peart

I want to be honestly in good spirits at all times.

28. Romantic

Sure, I want to be a little old school in this sense.

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A College Student's Guide To Self-Care 101

A trend on the rise, self-care is becoming more and more prevalent.

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My social media sites have been exploding with mentions of self-care. Tweets about the concept are ever on the rise and I think it is important to explore the concept. Self-care practices have become increasingly common because people are ever interested in tending to their emotional and physical wellbeing.

Unfortunately, with the popularization of the concept comes misconceptions. Self-care is not strictly about "treating yourself" and face masks. Additionally, it encompasses growth, reflection, and change. So, without further adieu, here are my top ten self-care tips!

1. Learn to be by yourself

This one is harder than people would think at first. Everyone's personality is different and, therefore, their affinity to being alone will differ as well. However, as I mentioned before, self-care is not only about physical practices. It is about eliminating toxicity from your life. This means eliminating bad habits, which is achieved through reflection and acknowledgment of the problematic habituation. Being by yourself allows you to set your own goals for yourself without any influence from outside factors. Additionally, the ability to be by yourself aids in establishing good self-esteem and ensures that the relationships you allow in your life are true and special rather than just to pass time.

2. Accept compliments

I don't know how this became normalized or why, but I despise the fact that girls have been taught to downplay their confidence. If someone offers a compliment, smile and accept it. Positive feelings towards yourself should be integral parts of your thought processes. Additionally, pay yourself compliments. They don't have to be said out loud but appreciate the beauty that is your body. It does so much for you, the least you could do is appreciate it every now and then.

3. Hold yourself accountable

Like I said earlier, part of self-care is eliminating bad habits. The tendency to attribute one's own failures and shortcomings to external forces is self-serving bias and those with good self-esteem are guilty of it. It may be difficult to balance attribution and self-esteem but in order to achieve growth, you have to acknowledge your own faults. This will allow for clarity and for you to work towards achieving better habits.

4. Don't bottle up your feelings

I am especially guilty of not following this tip. Keeping to yourself may seem like the easier thing to do and, if you are like anything like me, you may hate being seen as an inconvenience. However, I know that if I bottle up for too long, I tend to shut down and then I won't be able to achieve anything. Expressing your feelings is okay. Crying is okay. Anger is okay. Emotion is okay.

5. Try new things

Take a yoga class. Volunteer. Go to a new restaurant. Anything that pushes you out of your comfort zone incubates growth. You don't even have to enjoy everything you do, you just have to try. However, you may also find a new passion because of it.

6. Get some sleep

Don't spend all your time sleeping and lose all motivation to do anything, but make a conscious effort to get sufficient sleep so that all of your days can be as efficient as possible. You will be more energized and your immune system, as well as your physical appearance, will thank you.

7. Don't force yourself to do things you don't like

I know I said to try new things. However, if your best friend loves running and you go with her one day and find out you HATE it, don't force yourself. Find what works for you through trial and error. You will be much happier with your own flow and it keeps you from developing resentment.

8. Learn to say no

All the women in my life are especially guilty of this. We spread ourselves too thin because we can't say no. This goes hand in hand with not forcing yourself to do things that you don't want to do. Saying no doesn't make you a bitch, it makes you strong and lets people know that you know what you want.

9. Say what you mean

Don't sugarcoat things. It will leave you feeling unfulfilled and, quite frankly, it's exhausting trying to tiptoe around what you really mean. Don't be rude or aggressive, rather assertive and straight forward. It will make you a better communicator and will take pressure off of you as well.

10. Finally, treat yourself

I said self care wasn't entirely about that. I didn't say it wasn't necessary.

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