Foods That Are Deceptively Sugary — and How to Quit Eating Them

05/27/2014 at 03:39 PM ET

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Ali Rosen is the host and founder of Potluck Video, a food and drink website that takes you behind the culinary scene with celebrity chefs, restaurateurs, producers, mixologists and more.

Sugar, sugar! When author and Australian television host Sarah Wilson decided to completely cut sugar from her diet, she was so inspired by the experience that she knew she had to write every crazy, surprising, positive and negative aspect down.

And in her book I Quit Sugar, Wilson uncovered some not-so-sweet numbers: Many of your favorite foods are packed with shocking amounts of hidden sugars. The American Heart Association recommends eating no more than 6 to 9 teaspoons of sugar a day, but many packaged foods have that much (and more) in one meal or snack.

Wilson believes the biggest culprits are seemingly “healthy” foods, including low-fat yogurts, fruit juices, breakfast bars and adult cereals.

To hear her surprising findings — and to learn great, simple ways to cut sugar out of your diet — watch the video below!

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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Selena on

I think most people realize there is a ton of sugar in those things, especially breakfast bars, etc., they just CHOOSE to keep eating them. We have more “to go” food today than ever before, and healthier choices, but you can’t force someone to “put the cookie down”. Although I suppose these “diet gurus” need something to talk about and peddle, and every “goody two shoes” needs a cause these days.

Caitlin on

I have done Sarah’s program and it is literally the best thing that has happened to my health!

Lizzy on

First is not her program and the “findings” it has been there all along , just read the label on the product . What this country need is a mass education on learning how to eat , no another so call “expert, ” can anyone read , doesn’t anyone care to learn what in the food they eat? How food stupid are americans? And the portion of food served ?, my God , portion that can feed a family of 4 , one single person eat, is disgusting . I think the food industry and the pharmaceutical industrial are together in business , one to get people sick with a
L that garbage and one to sell the medication to cure the problem , or not even cure but keep you consuming medication. That is main reason why people are opposed to socialized medicine , too much money at risk . Is a vicious cycle.

Heather on

I will be getting that book “I quit sugar” very soon! I have many friends who stopped eating sugar and lost tremendous amounts of weight. It’s amazing!

Heather on

You mad Lizzy? Maybe you should continue to eat sugar because you just sound angry.

Susan on

Coconut oil has 10x more saturated fat than olive oil! More triglycerides and cholesterol. Heart health beware. Moderation, portion control and living active lifestyle.

Rachelle on

If anyone loses a “tremendous amount of weight” cutting anything out of their diet it’s because they’ve created a calorie deficit which lead to weight loss. Generally, most of the time when someone cuts a food group out, like carbs (generally those with gluten) or sugar they will lose weight and or feel better because they are including more fruits, veggies and other whole foods and have cut out a lot of the processed food which tends to be calorie dense.

People need to create a balance with their foods. Eat more whole foods most of the time but don’t be afraid of eating the goodies you enjoy. Nothing should be off limits unless you have a diagnosed medical condition. When you can build a healthy relationship with food, life gets easier.

Bex on

She is not registered dietitian. Your body processes all the carbohydrates the same regardless if it is glucose, fructose, honey or a potato. What are her credentials other than wanting to sell books and make money? I am skeptical of anyone who states your body can digest glucose but not other sugars.

TayllorB on

My goodness…please get angry Lizzie some sugar!

deckstro on

I wonder how she quit sugar using glucose. It’s sugar, pure sugar. I know she was showing ways to cut down on sugar but glucose isn’t cutting down. it’s PURE sugar.