Disclaimer: I am not a dietician, rather a lover of sugar. A sugar addict trying to recover. The following statement is complete speculation: If one loves sugar, and is trying to give it up (not so successfully), wouldn’t eating less sugar be better than eating more sugar? It is my best guess.
I wanted to figure out if I had to have a sugary treat, which item(s) in our kitchen might be “less bad” than others. Step 1) take all items I typically use to satisfy sugar/sweet cravings out of the cabinet and refrigerator. Step 2) write down their nutritional information, focusing on sugar content. Step 3) rank them in order from least sugar to highest sugar content. Below are the sweet items in our kitchen ranked from least sugary to most sugary snacks.
1st place for least amount of sugar per serving goes to Skippy Creamy Peanut Butter. 2 tablespoons has 3 grams of sugar, 190 calories, and 16 grams of fat. I told you I was no dietician, because if I were, I would probably have some sort of organic Whole Foods type peanut butter in my cabinet. But nobody is perfect for a reason: it is unachievable. And the price of 2 big Skippy Peanut Butter jars at Costco is hard to beat.
2nd place goes to our breakfast cereal, Honey Nut Chex, without milk. 3/4 cup has 9 grams of sugar, 120 calories without milk, and .5 grams of fat.
The 3rd place tie, at 11 grams of sugar goes to 21 biscuits of Frosted Mini-Wheats (without milk) which has 190 calories and 1 gram of fat, and 1 snack size 100 Grand candy bar with 95 calories and 4 grams of fat.
After 3rd place, I am not giving out any more awards.
All with 12 grams of sugar per serving are: Cheryl’s Pumpkin Praline Pecan Cookie with 190 calories and 10 grams of fat, Nature Valley (2 Granola Bars) Oats’ n’ Dark Chocolate with 190 calories and 7 grams of fat, and Nature Valley (2 Granola Bars) Oats & Honey with 190 calories and 6 grams of fat.
With 13 grams of sugar per serving are: Cheryl’s Caramel Apple Cookie at 160 calories and 4 grams of fat and Cosmos Creations Salted Caramel made with Sea Salt 1 1/4 cups has130 calories and 6 grams of fat.
14 grams of sugar per serving is what 1 medium banana contains, as well as 105 calories and .4 grams of fat.
At 15 grams of sugar per serving is Kirkland Fruit on the Bottom Greek Yogurt. Each container/serving is 130 calories and has 0 grams of fat.
Onto the Austin Sandwich Cookies group (we purchase the bulk pack of cookies and crackers at Costco). The Lemon and Vanilla flavors (6 cookies per serving) have 16 grams of sugar, 250 calories, and 11 grams of fat. The Chocolate version has 17 grams of sugar, 240 calories, and 10 grams of fat. Pink Unicorn! Lemon is my favorite! I will take all the tiny wins I can get.
17 grams of sugar are contained in one medium size green apple as well as 80 calories and 0 grams of fat.
The homemade boba tea drinks my husband and I make include the following: 1/4 cup of Green Apple Syrup contains 16.25 grams of sugar, 65 calories, and 0 grams of fat. 1/2 cup of Boba (tapioca balls) has 0 grams of sugar, 75 calories, and 0 grams of fat. My husband makes the boba with 1 tablespoon of honey, which has 16 grams of sugar, 60 calories, and 0 grams of fat. I typically have about 1/4 of the total amount of Boba he makes, meaning 4 grams of sugar, putting this treat at 20.25 grams of sugar.
No surprise that the further down I go on my list, the more I am in love with the treat (with the exception of fruit, which I like, not love. Pink Unicorn?). I would also like to add, I am the proud owner of this cosmetics pouch by Pamela Barsky.
Cheryl’s Frosted Cookie (AGHHHHH I love you frosting! I love you!!!) has 22 grams of sugar, 170 calories, and 6 grams of fat. I think I just had a Cathy cartoon moment. Cheryl’s frosted cookies really do taste as good as they look.
Do you remember life before you discovered Nutella? For me….sure I can remember…the more obvious problem is trying to forget about the creamy and delicious Costco sized jar in our cabinet. A 2 tablespoon serving includes 21 grams of sugar, 200 calories, and 12 grams of fat. Add a hearty slice of whole grain bread with 3 grams of sugar, 110 calories, and 1 gram of fat for a total of 24 grams of sugar.
If you eat an entire cantaloupe, which you probably wouldn’t in one sitting? You would be consuming 43 grams of sugar, 186 calories, and 1 gram of fat.
So fruit is the big loser? Well probably not, as an actual dietician would probably suggest fruit has other benefits that perhaps a frosted cookie does not, and you would have to eat an entire cantaloupe to get to 43 grams of sugar.
The most sugary item in our kitchen was the Muller Dessert Inspired Raspberry Brownie Supreme Yogurt with 29 grams of sugar, 210 calories, and 4 grams of fat. My husband thought it was pretty great, but I thought it was just ok. Pink Unicorn for me. Yahoo.
Are you watching your sugar intake?