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Foods With High Added Sugar Content

Written by: on 26th August 2009 |
Foods With High Added Sugar Content  | read this item

The American Heart Association recently released a warning that people should not binge too much on foods with high added sugar content.

With increasing cases of obesity in the US and in the world, it’s now time to re-educate the public about the hazards of diabetes and other lifestyle diseases.

Added sugars, which are sprinkled on and processed into packaged foods and beverages, have become all too common and one needs to be aware of what foods contain high added sugar content.

Foods with surprisingly high added sugar content according to US News:

  • Fortune cookies – one cookie has about 3.6 grams of added sugar
  • Flavored alcoholic drinks – one ounce of coffee-flavored liqueur can have 16 grams
  • Baked beans – one-cup has 15 grams of added sugar
  • Ketchup – a single cup serving can have 40 grams of added sugar
  • Salad dressings – One cup of reduced-calorie French dressing heaps 58 grams of added sugar
  • Lemonade – A glass serving has almost 17 grams of added sugar
  • Caramel popcorn – 18 grams of added sugar per ounce of syrup
  • Granola bars – 1-ounce serving of a granola bar with oats, fruit, and nuts has 11 grams of added sugar

What does all these numbers mean? Well, the AHA recommends that women should consume no more than 100 calories per day of added sugars, and men should not top 150 calories per day.

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