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Sugar In Food: 8 Eats With More Than A Twinkie

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In February, McDonald's oatmeal was "outed" for having more sugar than a Snickers bar, despite being marketed as a "healthier" breakfast option than some of the fast-food chain's more well-known fare.

In 2009, the American Heart Association recommended that women eat or drink no more than 20 grams of added sugar a day, and men no more than 36 grams. That means one Snickers bar, at 30 grams of sugar, would be about all the sugar the average man should eat in an entire day. For women, that's equivalent to about one Twinkie, which will set you back 18 grams.

Eating much more than that has been linked not only to obesity, but to high blood pressure, and elevated levels of fat and cholesterol in the blood.

You probably wouldn't go around eating more than one Snickers, or even a Snickers every day, but it is still easy to overdo it when it comes to sweets -- and fast, too, considering all the places, like that morning oatmeal, that sugar is hiding. Here are eight foods with more sugar than a Twinkie to watch out for.

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CLARIFICATION: Recommendations for daily sugar intake pertain to added sugar, as opposed to naturally-occurring sugar in foods like fruit and dairy products.

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