Tuesday. 2:45 PM. Your cubicle. Meeting with Mr. Peterman in 15 minutes to discuss the latest Weekly Estimate Net Usage Status, or WENUS (shout out to you “Friends” fans out there), report. You’re crashing hard from your lunch 2 hours earlier. You need something quick to perk you up so you head to the vending machine. Your willpower helps you avoid the Snickers and Skittles and you pick a Larabar – Apple Pie flavor. Not an ounce of guilt populates your conscience as you make your way down the hall to conference room B.
Well, sorry to break it to you, but you’re not much better off with that Larabar. Sure, it is A LOT healthier than a Snickers and it is made with whole food ingredients – no preservatives, gluten, etc. It also contains no added sugar. “Added” is the important word here. Just because it has no added sugar doesn’t mean it contains no sugar. In fact, this particular healthy snack contains 18 grams of sugar – roughly 4.5 teaspoons of it. That is more than one Pop Tart, or 3 Oreo cookies, or a chocolate frosted donut from Dunkin. In fact, at only 20 grams of sugar, an actual apple pie from TastyKake isn’t that much worse.