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10 Surprising Foods that Have Sugar in Them

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Are you ready to be shocked and appalled? Then look in your cabinets and read the food labels for sugar.

In 1822, Americans ate 45 grams of sugar during the entire year — that equates to about 11 teaspoons of sugar. In 2012 Americans consumed about 130 pounds of sugar in a year. If we do the math it equates to approximately 38 teaspoons of sugar every day. That is way too much sugar!

Forbes magazine has a great graphic to show how much sugar Americans are eating.

If you are like me, you are probably scratching your head trying to figure out how you can get that much sugar into your body in one day. I know it seems impossible — unless you have four cups of Starbucks' 13.7-ounce Bottled Dark Chocolate Mocha Frappuccino Coffee Drink, which contain about 10 teaspoons of sugar each.

Since most of you are probably not drinking that much coffee every day, then how is this sugar creeping into your diet? Here are a few places you might not expect to find sugar in your foods.

When I first started my practice I would take my patients to the grocery store and teach them how to read labels. It is a great educational tool. It was a shocking experience for many to see that the food they loved had hidden sugar.

It might be helpful for you to know that 4 grams of sugar equal about 1 teaspoon of sugar. So if you are following along with the food labels, you can calculate the amount of sugar in your foods.

Barbecue sauce

Do you love to slather barbecue sauce over meats and chicken? Two tablespoons of barbecue sauce can contain 13 grams, or 3.25 teaspoons, of sugar.

Salad dressing

Two tablespoons of a salad dressing can have 7 grams, or 1.75 teaspoons, of sugar. So when you think you are eating healthy, don’t ruin it with the wrong salad dressing.


These condiments are tricky. They have hidden sugar. Each tablespoon contains about 4 grams, or 1 teaspoon, of sugar.


Yogurt is suppose to be healthy, right?

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