Weekly Wellness: Beware of added sugar

6 months 5 days 23 hours ago December 20, 2016 Dec 20, 2016 Tuesday, December 20 2016 Tuesday, December 20, 2016 1:54:00 PM CST in News
By: Amanda Barnes, KOMU 8 Wellness Coach
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COLUMBIA - Added sugar, or sugar that does not occur naturally in food, but is instead added during the production process, is responsible for many people consuming more sugar than they realize. And it's incredibly dangerous. More than two-thirds of Americans currently battling obesity. And with obesity comes many health conditions that can be deadly.

This is a list that has been compiled of the ten foods that have the most added sugar (and you might be surprised).

Remember that the Dietary Guidelines suggest that we keep our added sugar consumption to 10 percent of our daily calories. That comes out to about 48 grams of sugar every day.

Soda: a 20-ounce Pepsi has 69 grams of sugar

Granola bars: one chewy granola bar contains 100 calories with 7 grams of sugar (which is a lot of sugar considering the lack of substance)

Fruit drinks: a 12-ounce serving of apple juice contains about 39 grams of sugar (an apple only has 15)

Flavored yogurt: a 6-ounce strawberry yogurt has 26 grams of sugar

Ketchup: one tablespoon of ketchup has 4 grams of sugar

Energy drinks: one Red Bull contains 37 grams of sugar

Salad dressing: many salad dressings (especially the non-fat or light ones) can contain up to 4 grams of sugar per tablespoon

Breakfast cereal: one cup can contain around 18 grams of sugar

Spaghetti sauce: a half-cup of spaghetti sauce can contain around 7 grams of sugar

Sports drinks: most of the sports drinks that aren't labeled as sugar-free can contain around 20 grams of sugar

 

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