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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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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
  • ArizonaIced Tea: 16 ounces = 48 grams sugar, 180 calories

Vitamin and Energy Drinks

  • Snapple Antioxidant Water, Agave Melon: 20 ounce bottle = 32 grams sugar, 140 calories
  • Glaceau Vitamin Water: 20 ounce bottle = 32 grams sugar, 125 calories
  • Gatorade Bring It, Shine On, or Be Tough: 16 ounces = 28 grams sugar, 100 calories 

Instant Cocoa

You'd probably expect hot cocoa mix to have cocoa, or maybe powdered milk, highest on its list of ingredients. But for Swiss Miss Mocha Cappuccino and Marshmallow flavors, the first and second ingredients are sugar and corn syrup, with cocoa listed as the fourth ingredient. 

  • Swiss Miss Mocha Cappuccino or Marshmallow flavors: 1 envelope made with 6 ounces water = 19 grams sugar, 120 calories

12. Yogurt

To enjoy yogurt without the added sugar, make your own flavored yogurt starting with plain yogurt. Or, buy the light yogurts that use alternative sweeteners.

  • Yoplait Original 99% fat free, Lemon Burst: 6 ounces = 31 grams sugar, 180 calories
  • Yoplait Thick & Creamy Yogurt, Strawberry: 6 ounces = 28 grams sugar, 180 calories
  • Yoplait Original 99% fat free, Boysenberry: 6 ounces = 27 grams sugar, 170 calories

13. Frozen Breakfast Foods

You wouldn’t expect to find frozen breakfast products that feature savory items like sausage and cheese to be foods that are particularly high in sugar. And yet the new Jimmy Dean breakfast entrees contain 16 and 21 grams of sugar per serving.

  • Jimmy Dean Breakfast Entrees, Sausage & CheeseCroissant with diced apples and hash browns: 1 entrée = 21 grams sugar, 560 calories (the sugar seems to mainly be from the sweetened diced apples)
  • Eggo Cinnamon Toast Waffles: 3 waffles (each with 4 mini waffle pieces) = 17 grams sugar, 300 calories
  • Jimmy Dean Breakfast Entrees, Scrambled Eggs with Sausage & Cheese with diced apples and hash browns: 1 entrée = 16 grams sugar, 390 calories
  • Eggo French Toaster Sticks Cinnamon: 2 pieces = 15 grams sugar, 230 calories

14. Frozen Desserts

  • Weight Watchers Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Cups (and other flavors): 1 small cup = 22 grams sugar, 140 calories
  • Weight Watchers English Toffee Crunch: 2 bars = 20 grams sugar, 220 calories
  • Skinny Cow Low-fat Ice Cream Cone (different flavors): 1 cone = 19 grams sugar, 150 calories
  • Weight Watchers Giant Chocolate Fudge Bar: 1 bar = 16 grams sugar, 110 calories
  • Weight Watchers Giant Cookies & Cream Bar: 1 bar = 15 grams sugar, 140 calories
  • Skinny Cow Low-fat Fudge Bar: 13 grams sugar, 100 calories
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Reviewed on January 28, 2009

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