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Updated by Meagan Hollman on Mar 07, 2013
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Ten Foods with Hidden Sugar

In today’s super-processed, sodium saturated world, it’s hard to eat healthy, especially when you think you already are. Here are ten foods to eat sparingly at home, work or your Utah college.

1

Ketchup

Ketchup

Sugar is often added to counter acidity, especially when tomatoes aren’t quite ripe when they’re picked. A tablespoon of tomato sauce equals one teaspoon of sugar. Before you reach for that bottle, think about the sugar you’ll be dousing your fries with.

2

Bread

Bread

Whether white or whole wheat, some store bought breads contain up to 1 teaspoon of sugar per slice.

3

Milk

Milk

1 cup of skim milk contains 12 grams of sugar. And then you add that to Fruit Loops…

4

Breakfast Cereal

Breakfast Cereal

Sugary cereals can contain up to 4 teaspoons per 50 gram portion (about 4 tablespoons). A bowl of sugar is the average daily dinner of a majority of Utah college students.

5

Salad Dressings

Salad Dressings

In low-fat version, extra salt and sugar is added to improve the taste the extracted fat would have given.

6

Oatmeal

Oatmeal

1 packet of pre-packaged, instant oatmeal can contain up to 15 grams of sugar.

7

Dried Fruit

Dried Fruit

In addition to natural sugar, dried fruit is dusted with up to ¼ cup per 18 grams.

8

Protein Bars

Protein Bars

Sugar is added for taste. One bar equals 15 grams (close to 1 tablespoon). Although great for a quick snack between Utah college classes, just beware of the potential sugar crash.

9

Sports Drinks

Sports Drinks

12 ounces equals 42 grams. On average, one drink has about 310 calories. A 150 pound person would have to run for 3 miles to burn that off. Sort of makes you rethink your running buddy, huh?

10

Yogurt

Yogurt

Yogurt can contain up to 20 grams (5 teaspoons) of sugar per serving. That’s like eating a piece of fudge per serving of yogurt. Before you skip out the door to your Utah college with that quick breakfast in hand, check the label.