Welcome, back to my series on the hidden sugars in supermarket foods. Last time we looked at sinful lunches and breakfast so now it’s time to tackle the biggest meal of the day, dinner!
So I applied the same rule to this research as the last two. Evaluated all the jars of sauces and even some powders on sugar content by 100g! I did this because serving sizes change one jar will recommend 125g per serve another 105. This is the best way to evaluate and chose the healthiest sauce for you!
Sweet and Sour sauce
Think your jar of ready-made sauce is healthier than a takeaway? Think again. Sharwood’s Sweet and Sour sauce contained a whopping 22.7g per 100g and because of a larger serving size this actually equates to a massive FIVE teaspoons of sugar in your dinner!
Uncle Ben’s Sweet and Sour sauce is no better containing a whopping 16.2g per 100g! That’s 4 tablespoons of sugar and sugar is the second ingredient on the list. This is definitely one sauce to stay away from if you are trying to watch your sugar intake!
Everybody loves a curry, it is a Friday night treat in most houses the Uncle Ben’s mild curry is a firm favourite! Unfortunately this jar of sauce had 5.4g of sugar per 100g. That’s a 1 ½ teaspoons per serving. Uncle Ben isn’t as badly misbehaved as Knorr whose mild curry sauce contained almost two teaspoons per portion!
For comparison I looked at the McDonnell’s curry powder, the only one my Mammy uses! This curry powder had an even higher sugar content than the jar version! With 7.7g of sugar, this curry had two teaspoons of sugar per 100g!
As our tastes change more and more people are eating pasta for dinner. Often carbohydrates are demonised as contributing to weight gain but ever considered it’s the pasta sauce you use? Dolmio bolognese sauce contains 5.8g of sugar per 100g and almost two teaspoons per serving! Unlike the US where low fat usually means more sugar the lighter version of the Dolmio range contained 5.2g per serving that’s a reduction of two grams of sugar! Similarly, the Loyd Grossman range of sauces had the same sugar content as the Dolmio Original.
Now, I know passata contains 4.1g of sugar per 100g, these sugars are natural from the tomatoes. Another reason I would recommend passata is you have control of the rest of the ingredients. No artificial preservatives, additives or flavours!
One of my favourite dishes from college, was Chicken Tonight! We loved it so much we would cook huge pots and eat the leftovers on sandwiches the next day! So, for old time’s sake I evaluated its sugar content in the interest of research. The flavour I looked at was Country French, and I have to admit I was surprised. The sauce contains 2.3g of sugar and per serving 2.9 sugars. Although far from sugar free it’s one of the lowest sugar content jar sauce I looked at.
So maybe you need to have a look at your cupboard see what lurks inside? Are you doubting your favourite dinner? If you make one change a week, you will be on the track to healthy eating. Maybe make one homemade meal this week? And remember Rome wasn’t built in a day!
Stay healthy X