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10/17/2014 09:15 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

The Sugar-iest Foods That Don't Even Taste Sweet

They don't taste supersweet, but these sugary foods can easily push you over your recommended limit of 25 grams a day.

By Corrie Pikul

  • Whole-wheat crackers, 8
    Up to 12 grams sugar 
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Source: <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Eat-Beat-Fat-Health-While-Brand-Name/dp/0345547934?tag=
    bhofack/iStock/360/Getty Images
    Up to 12 grams sugar

    Source: Eat It to Beat It! by David Zinczenko
  • Crispy chicken and spinach salad, prepared in a restaurant
    Up to 13 grams sugar 
<br><br>
Source: <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Eat-Beat-Fat-Health-While-Brand-Name/dp/0345547934?tag=
    TBird59/iStock/360/Getty Images
    Up to 13 grams sugar

    Source: Eat It to Beat It! by David Zinczenko
  • Tomato basil soup, 1 can
    Up to 13-22 grams sugar 
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Source: <em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/Eat-Beat-Fat-Health-While-Brand-Name/dp/03455479
    molka/iStock/Thinkstock
    Up to 13-22 grams sugar

    Source: Eat It to Beat It! by David Zinczenko
  • Crunchy broccoli salad, 1/2 cup
    7 grams sugar 
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Source: <a href="http://www.kraftrecipes.com/recipes/crunchy-broccoli-salad-154973.aspx" target="_bla
    ElenaFabbrili/iStock/Thinkstock
    7 grams sugar

    Source: Kraft recipes
  • Energy drinks, 8-ounce bottle*
    Up to 21–30 grams 
<br>*Some energy drinks are sold in 16-ounce bottles 
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Source: <a href="http://anrcatalog.ucdavis.
    Up to 21–30 grams
    *Some energy drinks are sold in 16-ounce bottles

    Source: University of California, Davis, Department of Nutrition fact sheet
  • Yogurt, single serving-size cup (usually 6 ounces)
    Up to 25–34 grams of sugar 
<br><br>
Source: <em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/Eat-Beat-Fat-Health-While-Brand-Name/dp/03455
    moranaF/iStock/Thinkstock
    Up to 25–34 grams of sugar

    Source: Eat It to Beat It! by David Zinczenko
  • Coleslaw, 2 tablespoons
    Up to 12 grams of sugar 
<br><br>
Source: <em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/Sugar-Has-56-Names-Shoppers-ebook/dp/B00E8OLID2?
    TheMalni/iStock/Thinkstock
    Up to 12 grams of sugar

    Source: Sugar Has 56 Names: A Shopper's Guide, by Robert H. Lustig, MD, MSL
  • Baked beans, 1/2 cup
    11–16 grams of sugar 
<br>
Source: <em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/Sugar-Has-56-Names-Shoppers-ebook/dp/B00E8OLID2?tag=the
    Ju-Lee/iStock/Thinkstock
    11–16 grams of sugar
    Source: Sugar Has 56 Names: A Shopper's Guide, by Robert H. Lustig, MD, MSL
  • Beef jerky, 1 serving
    4–6 grams of sugar 
<br><br>
Source: <em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/Sugar-Has-56-Names-Shoppers-ebook/dp/B00E8OLID2?tag=t
    bhofack2/iStock/Thinkstock
    4–6 grams of sugar

    Source: Sugar Has 56 Names: A Shopper's Guide, by Robert H. Lustig, MD, MSL
  • Vanilla almond milk, 1 cup
    Up to 14 grams of sugar 
<br>(Unsweetened almond milk: 0 grams sugar) 
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Source: <em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/Su
    bhofack2/iStock/Thinkstock
    Up to 14 grams of sugar
    (Unsweetened almond milk: 0 grams sugar)

    Source: Sugar Has 56 Names: A Shopper's Guide, by Robert H. Lustig, MD, MSL
  • Hamburger buns, 1 bun
    Up to 3–6 grams 
<br><br>
Source: <em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/Sugar-Has-56-Names-Shoppers-ebook/dp/B00E8OLID2?tag=theh
    sautepl/iStock/Thinkstock
    Up to 3–6 grams

    Source: Sugar Has 56 Names: A Shopper's Guide, by Robert H. Lustig, MD, MSL
  • Teriyaki marinade
    Up to 8 grams sugar 
<br><br>
Source: <em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/Eat-Beat-Fat-Health-While-Brand-Name/dp/0345547934?t
    Svetlana Kolpakova/Hemera/Thinkstock
    Up to 8 grams sugar

    Source: Eat It to Beat It! by David Zinczenko
  • Cereal bars, 1 bar
    12 grams of sugar, on average 
<br><br>
Source: <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Sugar-Has-56-Names-Shoppers-ebook/dp/B00E8OLID
    rzeszutek/iStock/Thinkstock
    12 grams of sugar, on average

    Source: Sugar Has 56 Names: A Shopper's Guide, by Robert H. Lustig, MD, MSL
  • Hot cereal, 1 envelope
    Up to 7–12 grams 
<br><br>
Source: <em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/Sugar-Has-56-Names-Shoppers-ebook/dp/B00E8OLID2?tag=the
    AbbieImages/iStock/Thinkstock
    Up to 7–12 grams

    Source: Sugar Has 56 Names: A Shopper's Guide, by Robert H. Lustig, MD, MSL
  • Dark chocolate, 1 bar
    Up to 16–21 grams 
<br>(You can find dark chocolate with a high percentage of cacao with as little as 5 grams of sugar) 
<br>
    Zakharova_Natalia/iStock/Thinkstock
    Up to 16–21 grams
    (You can find dark chocolate with a high percentage of cacao with as little as 5 grams of sugar)

    Source: Eat It to Beat It! by David Zinczenko

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