April 13, 2012

8 Surprising Foods That Contain More Sugar Than a Twinkie

If you're trying to eat healthier these days, take note that not all of those foods that are marketed as "healthy" are any better than eating a Twinkie.


Yogurt seems healthy, right? Sugar content in yogurts can be very high, however, as Keri Glassman, R.D. told the Early Show that yogurt naturally has about 12 grams of sugar per 6 ounce serving. The fruit flavored yogurts that most people eat actually have about 32 grams of sugar.

Look to Greek yogurt for less sugar instead.

Tomato Sauce

Tomato sauce? You would think that a vegetable sauce would be pretty low in sugar, but keep in mind that many brands add sugar to their recipe, and that ups the count to 11 or 12 grams per half-cup serving.

Read those labels -- ideally, you should be able to find brands that have no additional sugar in the ingredient listing.

Granola Bars

Granola bars always seemed like a solid pick, but some brands pack them with sugar, and depending on the brand and size, you could be looking at between 11 and 22 grams of sugar.

It may be better to find a healthier alternative to granola bars instead.

Fat Free Salad Dressing

Consumers got so conditioned to thinking that fat free products were good for them (no fat, right?) that they may have overlooked the fact that companies pump sugar into fat free dressings to give them some taste.

Check the labels and do some comparison shopping to find dressings with less fat (not necessarily fat free) and less sugar.


When you break muffins down to their lowest common denominator, you're really looking at a chunk of cake that you're eating for breakfast. And don't be fooled into thinking that bran muffins are healthier, because they're usually loaded with sugar, too.

You're better off skipping muffins entirely.

Canned Fruit

This one seems a little sneaky because you think that because it's fruit, it's healthy, but a lot of canned fruit is packed in a sugary syrup. Even light syrup can stack up 32 grams of sugar per cup serving!

Look for those packed in natural juices, and if you can, fresh fruit is always best.


Smoothies appear to be that perfect health food, but watch out for extra sugar in commercially prepared smoothies that have sugar listed early in the ingredient listing. They can have between 38 grams and 70 grams of sugar (some over 100).

It's always best to make these at home where you have control over the ingredients -- mainly fresh fruit and nonfat plain yogurt.


We all know about those sugary cereals on the shelves, but even some of the healthier options may reveal a load of sugar when you closely inspect the nutrition info.

Good old Cheerios are always a top pick among low sugar, whole grain cereals.

1 comment:

  1. Yikes! I've heard of this. I make almost all of my own breakfast foods because of this, even tomato sauce. (Though not for breakfast.) It's a lot more work but at least I can control the sugar. I had NO idea the yogurt had so much sugar until I started reading labels. Agreed. We are getting WAY too much sugar. It's disheartening and disgusting.