8 BBQ Foods That Are Ridiculously High In Sugar



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8 BBQ Foods That Are Ridiculously High In Sugar - Men's Health

The 4th of July may be over, but summer barbecue season is just beginning — and that's bad news for your diet.

If you’re a health conscious guy, you probably think that you know exactly how to avoid sugar. Step one: avoid beer and soda. Simple.

But beverages aside, a traditional barbecue spread features a lot of foods that are surprisingly high in sugar. Classic barbecue condiments, sides, and even buns can come packed with the sweet stuff, says Jim White, R.D.N, an exercise physiologist and owner of Jim White Fitness & Nutrition Studios. The same is often true of store-bought spice rubs and dressings, adds William Duffy, MD, a physician and personalized medicine expert with Penn Medicine.

What’s the problem with sugar? If you’re referring to the type in whole fruits, vegetables, and dairy, there is none. But the added sugars found in many processed and packaged foods have been linked to everything from heart disease and obesity to liver damage. And that's a problem, considering that the average American consumes roughly 82 grams of sugar a day, according to a report from the University of California, San Francisco — more than double the 39 gram limit recommended by the American Heart Association.