Get the Skinny: Sugar Shockers

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We’ve heard the message that we should limit added sugars, but even seemingly healthy foods and drinks can be loaded with nearly a day’s worth of added sugars! Today we’re Getting the Skinny on six sneaky sources of sugar, and Molly has diet-friendly alternatives for each!

The American Heart Association recommends limiting added sugar to not more than 25 grams/day for women, and not more than 37 grams for men.

“Protein” drinks like Kellogg’s Special K Protein have nearly twice as much sugar (18 grams) as protein (10 grams).Even all-natural & organic Orgain has 12 grams of added sugar (cane juice, brown rice syrup, rice syrup solids), making it nearly as high in sugar as protein.

Nutrition bars Clif Energy Bar can easily pack in nearly a day’s worth of added sugar, with 22 grams of sugar (the first ingredient is brown rice syrup) per bar.

Pasta sauce can have as much as 14 grams of sugar in a single half-cup serving. Even Prego Heart Smart Italian Sauce has 10 grams of (mostly added) sugar.

Salad dressing can be loaded with added sugar. Brianna’s Blush Wine Vinaigrette has 14 grams of sugar per two-tablespoon serving, with sugar listed as the first ingredient, followed by water then red wine vinegar.

Lowfat yogurt like Yoplait can pack in 26 to 32 grams of sugar per carton – and at least 15 grams of that is added sugar, not naturally-occurring milk or fruit sugars.

Frozen Meals like Lean Cuisine’s Sweet & Sour Chicken may have just 290 calories, but with 20 grams of sugar (not to mention the fact that white rice tops the ingredient list), it’s not likely that frozen dinners like these will keep you satisfied for long.