Here are 11 healthy foods that have more sugar than a Krispy Kreme donut.
1. Original Yoplait Yogurt
-Yogurt is a great addition to a healthy diet, especially yogurt with live cultures. But if you’re trying to limit your sugar intake, examine nutrition labels carefully. a 4-oz. container of Original Yoplait has 33g of carbohydrates, 27 of which are from sugar. That’s 17g more than a Krispy Kreme glazed donut!
2. Luna Bar
-Luna nutrition bars are marketed to health-conscious women, but they have a relatively high sugar content, usually 11-15g. That’s on par with the 10g of sugar in a Krispy Kreme donut.
-Depending on who makes them, fruit smoothies are a great way to get vitamins and servings of fruit. Use caution because some smoothies are packed with sugar. While a 16-oz. Jamba Juice Orange Dream Machine has 15g of protein, it also contains a whopping 73g of sugar. Look for low-sugar alternatives or drink smaller portions.
-Whole grains are an essential part of your diet, providing long-lasting energy. But always be sure to read the label when selecting granola to check the sugar content. A half-cup of Quaker 100 percent Natural Granola with oats and honey has 13.2 g of sugar. Since many people don’t measure cereal exactly, that amount could easily double depending on your portion size.
5. Tropicana Oj
-Orange juice is a great source of vitamin C, an essential nutrient that your body can’t store, but Oj is also high in sugar. Not-from-concentrate varieties are the worst culprits. A 10-oz. glass of Tropicana orange juice has a shocking 26g of sugar. If possible, try to eat your fruit whole, instead of in juice form. This will cut out a lot of extra sugar.
6. Sports Drinks
-Sports drinks, such as Gatorade, are a great thirst-quencher for athletes who burn a lot of calories and need to replenish their electrolytes. However, a 20-ounce bottle of original Gatorade contains 34g of carbs, all of which are sugars. If you’re trying to keep your sugar intake down and lose weight, hydrate yourself with good old fashioned water instead.
7. Fast Food Salads
-While you may think that grabbing a salad at your local drive-thru is a healthier choice than say, a burger, think again. Many of these “healthy” salads have upwards of 20 or even 30g of sugar, not to mention just as much fat and sodium as some of their menu counterparts. Better to steer clear of fast food altogether.
8. Dried Fruit
-Dried fruit can be a healthy addition to your diet…in small quantities. Raisins, dried apricots, pineapple, and papaya are as sweet as candy and just as easy to eat. A half-cup of dried fruit brings 18g of sugar to the table, more if the food company adds their own sugar to these already sweet snacks.
9. Bottled Iced Tea
-Freshly brewed iced tea is sugar-free, but many commercially available iced teas are loaded with sugar. An 8-oz. bottle of Snapple Peach Iced Tea has 100 calories and 24. 1g of sugar. A good alternative is Snapple’s sugarless iced tea, with no carbs or sugars. If you choose to make your own, opt for green tea with catechins, which boost your metabolism.
10. Low-Fat Milk
-Reduced-fat milk is a good source of protein (8g) and calcium (29 percent of your recommended daily intake). But you might be surprised to learn that it is also fairly high in sugar, with 11 g of sugar in an 8-oz. serving. To cut down on sugar, eat broccoli, spinach, and kale for your daily dose of calcium.
11. Kellogs Fruit Loops
-This is another case where portion control comes into play. Though a bowl of Fruit Loops is still considered somewhat “healthy” due to the fiber, iron, and vitamin C content, don’t forget about the sugar at roughly 12g. And that;s only if you have the recommended 1 cup serving, There are plenty of healthier cereals on the market with more fiber and less sugar.