If you thought artificial sweeteners were only in diet soda you are wrong. Many healthy foods and drinks with natural sweeteners also contain artificial sweeteners. We asked nutritionist Priya Kathpal to identify a few common culprits.
Whole wheat and multigrain bread: It can be super tricky to pick a healthy bread even when it comes to whole wheat bread or multigrain bread. Many times the loaves contain sucralose, so read the label carefully even if you are picking your go-to brand.
Greek yoghurt: Thought Greek yoghurt was always healthy? Some varieties of Greek yoghurt found in the market combine natural fructose with other sugar subs. And since, the regular sugar is high on the ingredient list; you may not even notice the artificial sweetener.
Granola: It is not uncommon for granola bars to be sweetened with fruit extract and sucralose. In fact, even the ones that claim to contain only natural sugar substitutes may contain some artificial sweeteners, so you need to be careful.
Sugar-free chewing gum: Did you know that your so-called sugar-free stick may contain xylitol, a sugar alcohol that causes gas and bloating? So chew your gum at your own risk.
Low-fat salad dressings: The low-fat bottled salad dressings also contain a lot of added sweeteners. Just don’t go by the ‘low-fat’ tag when you buy salad dressings. Watch out for ingredients like aspartame, sucralose, and sugar alcohols like sorbitol and xylitol.
Ketchup: We already know that ketchup contains a significant amount of high-fructose corn syrup and other sugars. But some brands try to cut the calories and sugar by adding in the artificial sweetener sucralose.