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I have learned to stay away from the empty calories of sugary drinks.  You can consume an enormous amount of calories during the day drinking soda, Gatorade, a Slurpee, bottled ice tea, or any one of the many other bottled drinks in the cooler at the convenience store or the vending machine.

Those calories definitely add up and can cause significant weight gain in addition to causing other adverse health effects on your body.  Refined sugar is bad and has no nutritional value.

Processed food manufacturers put sugar into EVERYTHING.  I read the nutritional labels of processed foods just for confirmation of what I already suspect -That it is sugar laden for no reason other than to hook the sugar-addicted public.  Sugar is even added to food items with no apparent need for sweetness.

Consider the addition of sugar to these products:

Wendy’s Chili Seasoning (it comes in a golden pack that you add to the chili and it is supposed to be spicy, hot).  The ingredients are Water, corn syrup, salt, distilled vinegar, natural flavors, xanthan gum and caramel color.  What ingredient provides the heat?  Why is corn syrup the second ingredient?  Hmmm…..

Yoplait Strawberry Yogurt gives yogurt a bad name.  Yogurt is nutritious, correct?  I will let you be the judge after reviewing the ingredients of this yogurt.  The ingredients are Cultured Pasteurized Grade A Low Fat Milk, Sugar, Strawberries, Modified Corn Starch, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Nonfat Milk, Kosher Gelatin, Citric Acid, Tricalcium Phosphate, Natural Flavor, Pectin, Colored with Carmine, Vitamin A Acetate, Vitamin D3.  This translates to:

Serving Size: 1 container/ 6oz / 170g
Calories: 170 (about 8% of your daily max)
Calories from Fat: 15 (less than 3% of your recommended daily max)
No fiber (shouldn’t strawberries have some though?)
Carbs – 33 grams  (11% of the recommended daily value)
Sugars – 27 grams (more than 5 teaspoons!!!)
A few vitamins and minerals to boot.

More here: http://blog.fooducate.com/2009/02/13/so-whats-inside-yoplait-yogurt-anyway/

Always read labels if you buy processed foods and avoid those with sugar. How much sugar to do consume?  Reevaluate your sugar intake and get healthy.