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Sugar Shockers: Foods Surprisingly High in Sugar

WebMD takes a look at the sugar content in some popular packaged foods -- and the results may surprise you.

2. Pudding & Pudding Cups

This line of products is designed with kids in mind. Yet, a snack pack of pudding can add 20 grams or more of sugar to your child’s meal or snack. You'll find some sugar-free pudding options on the supermarket shelf as well.

  • Jell-O Instant Vanilla, Chocolate Chip, or Cookies and Creme Pudding: 1 serving as packaged (not including milk) = 21 grams sugar, 110 – 120 calories
  • Hunt’s Snack Pack Pudding, Chocolate Mud Pie: 1 snack pack = 20 grams sugar, 130 calories
  • Jell-O Fat Free Pudding Snacks, Chocolate Vanilla Swirls 100-Calorie Packs: 1 small cup = 17 grams sugar, 100 calories
  • Kraft Handi-Snacks Fat Free Vanilla Pudding: 1 snack pack = 15 grams sugar, 90 calories

3. Snack Cakes & Pies

Obviously, the traditional snack cakes, the Twinkie or the Hostess cupcake, are going to be foods high in sugar (19 and 22 grams, respectively). But would you guess that snack pies, or a serving of Ho Hos or Ding Dongs, actually score much higher in sugar content?

  • Store-brand chocolate crème pie or coconut crème pie: 1 snack pie (4.5 ounces) = 46 grams sugar, 500 calories
  • Hostess Ho Hos: 3 cakes = 42 grams sugar, 370 calories
  • Store-brand fruit pies (apple, cherry): 1 snack pie (4.5 ounces) = 36 grams sugar, 480 calories
  • Hostess Ding Dongs: 2 cakes = 36 grams sugar, 360 calories
  • Little Debbie Swiss Rolls: 2 cakes (61 g) = 27 grams sugar, 270 calories
  • Pop Tart, Chocolate Fudge: 1 pastry = 20 grams sugar, 200 calories
  • Pop Tart, Frosted Blueberry: 1 pastry = 18 grams, 200 calories

4. Muffin Mixes

Sugar is the first ingredient listed in Fiber One’s muffin mix. A muffin’s worth of mix contains 15 grams of sugar.

  • Fiber One Muffin Mix, Apple Cinnamon: 1/4 cup mix (as packaged) = 15 grams sugar, 130 calories

5. Prepared Muffins

Serving sizes of packaged muffins vary quite a bit, but even the smallest ones may contain more than 15 grams of sugar.

  • Otis Spunkmeyer Chocolate Chip Muffins: 1 muffin (4 ounces) = 32 grams sugar, 420 calories
  • Otis Spunkmeyer Wild Blueberry or Banana Nut: 1 muffin (4 ounces) = 30 grams sugar, 360-420 calories
  • Weight Watchers Blueberry Muffins or Double Chocolate Muffins: 1 muffin (2.2 ounces) = 18-21 grams sugar, 180-190 calories
  • Little Debbie Chocolate Chip Muffins or Cranberry & Orange: 1 muffin (1.9 ounces) = 17 grams sugar, 210 calories
  • Little Debbie Blueberry: 1 muffin (1.9 ounces) =16 grams sugar, 190 calories

6. Cereal Bars & Healthy-Sounding Cookies

  • Quaker Oatmeal to Go, Brown Sugar Cinnamon: 1 bar = 19 grams sugar, 220 calories
  • Newton’s Minis, strawberry "baked with 100% whole grain": 1 package = 15 grams sugar, 130 calories
  • Back to Nature Mini Classic Crème Cookies: (1 pouch = 14 grams sugar, 170 calories
  • NatureValleyStrawberry (or Vanilla) Yogurt Granola Bars: 1 bar = 13 grams sugar, 140 calories
  • Quaker Chewy Dipps Chocolate Chip Granola Bars: 1 bar = 13 grams sugar, 140 calories
  • Nutri-Grain Cereal Bars (all flavors): 1 bar = 12 grams sugar, 130 calories

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