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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.
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9. Bottled Spaghetti Sauce

Some types of bottled spaghetti sauce have double or triple the grams of sugar as other types. Here are a few of the products that I found had almost as much sugar as a granola bar or Pop-Tart. 

  • Newman’s Own Tomato & Basil: 1/2 cup = 12 grams sugar, 90 calories
  • Bertolli Vineyard Marinara: 1/2 cup = 12 grams sugar, 80 calories
  • Prego Fresh Mushroom Italian Sauce: 1/2 cup = 11 grams sugar, 90 calories
  • Prego 3-Cheese: 1/2 cup = 11 grams sugar, 80 calories

 

10. Barbecue Sauce

  • Sweet Baby Ray’s Honey Barbecue Sauce: 2 tablespoons = 15 grams sugar, 70 calories
  • Bull’s Eye Brown Sugar & Hickory: 2 tablespoons = 14 grams sugar, 70 calories
  • KC Masterpiece: 2 tablespoons = 12-13 grams sugar, 60 calories
  • Cattlemen’s Honey or Smokehouse: 2 tablespoons = 12 grams sugar, 60-70 calories

11. Beverages

Just 8 ounces of Langers Grape Juice Plus adds 36 grams of sugar to your daily total. Granted, the sugar comes from juice concentrate. But that is still quite a shock when you're reading the label. What would a juice lower in sugar contain? Welch’s Light Grape Juice Beverage brings it down to 12 grams of sugar and 50 calories per 8-ounce serving by using Splenda and acesulfame potassium.

Flavored Milk

  • Nesquick Fat Free Chocolate Milk: 16 ounces = 54 grams sugar, 300 calories
  • Nesquick Strawberry Milk Shake: 13.5 ounce bottle = 46 grams sugar, 340 calories

Juice and Fruit Drinks

  • Langers Grape Juice Plus (contains grape seed extract) 100% juice: 8 ounces = 36 grams sugar, 160 calories
  • Minute Maid Lemonade, 12% Lemon Juice All Natural: 8 ounces = 29 grams sugar, 110 calories
  • Simply Lemonade (or Limeade): 8 ounces = 29 grams sugar, 120 calories
  • V8 Fusion Vegetable Fruit 100% juice, Peach Mango or Acai Mixed Berry: 8 ounces = 26 grams sugar, 110-120 calories
  • An "organics" store brand of fruit punch with no sugar added (100% juice): 1 pouch = 25 grams sugar, 100 calories
  • Capri Sun 25% Less Sugar, Wild Cherry: 1 pouch = 18 grams sugar, 70 calories

Bottled Tea and Similar Drinks

  • SoBe Energy or Elixir: 16 ounces = 52-54 grams sugar, 200-220 calories
  • SoBe Green Tea: 16 ounces = 50 grams sugar, 200 calories
  • Snapple Iced Tea, Peach, Lemon, or Raspberry: 16 ounces = 46-50 grams sugar, 200 calories
  • Arizona Iced Tea: 16 ounces = 48 grams sugar, 180 calories

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