I was onto Chapter 2: How to Break the Addiction - Step 5: Re-Stocking when the sub-topic Condiments came up. It went on to list the sugar content of many popular store-bought sauces. Then suddenly it hit me... I raced into the kitchen, swung opened the fridge door and grabbed the bottles of Hot Chilli Sauce, Lite Mayo and Fat-Free French Dressing that were smiling back at me.
As i scanned down the Nutrition Information Panel, my face turned to disgust...
FYI, i am one of those people who like to
1. I grab 'lite or fat-free' dressings on auto-pilot
2. I've never really taken much notice of the sugar content.. yeah yeah spank me now ;-)
3. I don't make my own dressings... call me LAZY
And here is what i discovered per tablespoon (20g) of each dressing:
Hot Chilli Sauce - 8g Sugar
Fat-Free French Dressing - 3.5g Sugar
Lite Mayo - 5.5g Sugar
OMG! ... I generally used 1 tbsp of each for my lunch which = 17g Sugar + i will use 1 tbsp of Hot Chilli Sauce most nights with my dinner.( i like it hot ;-) )That means i am ingesting a whopping 25g Sugar/day just on condiments alone! Holy Shit!
Just to put this sugar consumption into perspective:
1 day = 25g sugar
1 Week = 125g Sugar (I used 5 days, as i have been fasting and/or eating out for some lunch/dinner meals)
1 Year = 6.5 kg Sugar (14.3lbs.... Amy, i did the conversion just for you!)
6.5kg Sugar = 26000 CALORIES
1kg (2.2lbs) of Fat = 9000 Calories
so hyperthetically speaking, if all 26000 calories were not burnt off and stored as fat, that would equate to 2.9kg (6.4lbs) FAT GAIN over the course of a year!
Pretty scary stuff hey!
So no prizes for guessing where those sauce bottles went! I then drove off to the supermarket and bought the following:
Cholula Hot Sauce and Whole Egg Mayo. Both have negligible amounts of sugar per serve. Yes i realise Whole Egg Mayo has more fat and more calories than the 'lite' stuff, BUT it also contains an ingredient list that i can understand. And because it is not laced with ginormous amounts of sugar it packs a wicked punch of flavour in a small amount.. And because it is not watered down, i only need to use half as much. So for roughly the same amount of calories that i would consume using the other 3 sauces, i automatically remove an extra 25g Sugar/day and a massive Insulin Spike from my nutrition plan. In doing so will not only bring me one step closer to breaking my addiction to 'sweet poison' but will bring me one step closer to being LEAN for LIFE!
How much hidden 'sweet poison' are you consuming?