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12 'healthy' foods and drinks that contain more sugar than a candy bar

INSIDER Logo By Arielle Tschinkel of INSIDER | Slide 1 of 13: You likely already know that eating too much sugar isn't great for your health.Nutritionists and scientists alike agree that the typical Western diet includes way too much added sugar, thanks to the prevalence of packaged foods in our diet.But even if you're opting for "healthier" choices, you may unknowingly be consuming more sugar than your average candy bar.Foods like soups, yogurts, and trail mix contain tons of added sugar. By now, it's not a secret that too much added sugar isn't great for your health. In fact, some prettyscary things can happen to your body when you eat too much sugar, including spikes in anxiety, skin woes, and increased chance of heart disease.Nutritionists and scientists alike agree that plenty of the staples in our Western diets include too much added sugar (i.e. the kind that exists in most packaged foods) for our bodies to safely process. That's why, in 2016, the federal government announced changes to thenutrition facts labelson processed foods like soft drinks, canned foods, and snack foods, allowing consumers to be fully aware of how much sugar (including added sugars) they're consuming.It makes sense, then, that you might opt for lower calorie or low-fat options, thinking that they're a "healthier" choice - but the reality is that plenty of unlikely foods contain more sugar than your average candy bar, including breakfast cereals, sports drinks, and fruit juices.Of course, in most diets, a variety of foods are fine to enjoy in moderation, even those super sweet treats. But it's still important to know which ones are hiding more sugar than what you might find in your Halloween stash.Here are some of the sneakiest offenders when it comes to the sugary stuff. Keep in mind that the daily recommended amount of added sugar a day, according to the American Heart Association, is about 9.5 teaspoons or 47.5 grams for adults.

  • You likely already know that eating too much sugar isn't great for your health.
  • Nutritionists and scientists alike agree that the typical Western diet includes way too much added sugar, thanks to the prevalence of packaged foods in our diet.
  • But even if you're opting for "healthier" choices, you may unknowingly be consuming more sugar than your average candy bar.
  • Foods like soups, yogurts, and trail mix contain tons of added sugar.
  • By now, it's not a secret that too much added sugar isn't great for your health. In fact, some pretty scary things can happen to your body when you eat too much sugar, including spikes in anxiety, skin woes, and increased chance of heart disease.

    Nutritionists and scientists alike agree that plenty of the staples in our Western diets include too much added sugar (i.e. the kind that exists in most packaged foods) for our bodies to safely process. That's why, in 2016, the federal government announced changes to the nutrition facts labels on processed foods like soft drinks, canned foods, and snack foods, allowing consumers to be fully aware of how much sugar (including added sugars) they're consuming.

    It makes sense, then, that you might opt for lower calorie or low-fat options, thinking that they're a "healthier" choice - but the reality is that plenty of unlikely foods contain more sugar than your average candy bar, including breakfast cereals, sports drinks, and fruit juices.

    Of course, in most diets, a variety of foods are fine to enjoy in moderation, even those super sweet treats. But it's still important to know which ones are hiding more sugar than what you might find in your Halloween stash.

    Here are some of the sneakiest offenders when it comes to the sugary stuff. Keep in mind that the daily recommended amount of added sugar a day, according to the American Heart Association, is about 9.5 teaspoons or 47.5 grams for adults.

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