12 Surprisingly Sugary Foods and Drinks

surprisingly sugary foods and drinks

How good are you at naming foods high in sugar? 

We know sugar does our health no favors. People with diets too high in sugar usually have increased weight gain, obesity, high blood pressure, inflammation, insulin resistance, and heart disease. 

Research also suggests that high consumption of sugar can cause liver damage in the same way alcohol does. 

Yet, despite the warnings of a sweet tooth, as a nation, we love our sugar. In fact, we love it so much that more than 13% of our calories per day, or about 270 calories come from sugars added to our food. 

The age group having the highest intake as a percent of calories coming from sugar is children, adolescents, and young adults. 

The obvious and major sources of this added sugar come from the usual culprits – soft drinks, fruit drinks, sweetened coffee and tea, energy drinks, and flavored waters. 

Other common sources most of us assume to be high in sugar include cookies, cake, brownies, pie, doughnuts, sweet rolls, ice cream, and other frozen desserts. 

But what about other less conspicuous sources of added sugars? What about foods we use fairly often that have much more sugar than we realize contributing to our sugar stockpile?

Now that the most foods have the Nutrition Facts Labels, it easier to know how much sugar is added to the foods you choose.

To see well you know your high-sugar foods, here is a list of 12 foods higher in sugar than you may have realized. 

(Remember that one teaspoon of granulated sugar equals 4 grams of sugar. That means if 16 grams of sugar listed on the label of your favorite food that is equal to about 4 teaspoons of granulated sugar.)

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