Everyone is cutting out sugar these days, or at least trying to, but candy and desserts aren’t the only things you need to be leery of. Sugars are hiding in almost everything you eat, and these seven foods are some of the biggest culprits. Most of these contain more than the World Health Organization’s suggested daily amount of sugar intake, which for a person who consumes 2,000 calories a day, is 25 grams of sugar.
1. Tomato Sauce - Ragu’s Chunky Tomato, Garlic & Onion packs 10 grams of sugar, while their Ragù’s Chunky Sundried Tomato & Sweet Basil sauce contains 11 grams. Barilla’s Traditional Sauce has 8 grams of sugar, and the company’s Meat Sauce has 9 grams.
2. Dried Cranberries - A quarter cup of Original Craisins (dried cranberries) packs a whopping 39 grams of sugar. You could have had a Snickers bar instead!
3. Peanut Butter - Most grocery store peanut butters- JIF, Skippy, and Peter Pan- contain about three grams of sugar per two-tablespoon serving size. Three grams might sound measly, but who uses just two tablespoons per serving? Not this chick.
4. Yogurt - Yoplait Original Strawberry contains 26 grams of sugar, and Dannon’s Fruit on the Bottom has 24 grams of the sugary bliss. You could grab yourself a Hershey’s bar and pack in just as much of the sweet stuff.
5. Applesauce - You think your sauce gets its sweetness from apples alone? Nope. High fructose corn syrup jacks up the sugar content of Mott’s Original applesauce to 22 grams per half cup. Musselman’s Original Apple Sauce is only a smidge better, with 18 grams of sugar.
6. Sport’s Drinks - That 20-ounce bottle of Vitaminwater that you’re chugging contains 32 grams of sugar. That’s only a fraction less than a can of Coca-Cola, which has 39 grams.
7. Fruit Juice - Tropicana Original’s No Pulp Pure Premium, the company’s standard orange juice, weighs in at 22 grams of sugar. So does the Original Orange Juice from Florida’s Natural. So, grab an orange instead of juicing, experts says that’s the way to go.