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Hey, sugar sugar! 15 surprising foods that are loaded with the sweet stuff

This spring, the World Health Organization revised its recommended sugar intake. Ten years ago, the organization said no more than 10 percent of a person’s daily calories should come from sugar. Now, they’ve cut that recommendation in half. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics suggest that teen girls should consumer between 1,800 and 2,200 calories a day. Following the new WHO guidelines, that means you should aim to eat or drink 90 to 100 sugar-based calories a day. With 4 calories in a gram of sugar, that’s less than 25 grams a day. And that, ladies and gents, is 5 teaspoons of sugar, roughly the same amount that you’d find in a ¼-cup serving of peanut M&Ms.

The thing is, sugar is hidden in pretty much everything these days. Even WHO admits that the 5 percent guideline is unrealistic, and suggests that you use it as a goal rather than a practical reality. So where’s all that sugar lurking (and what’s really a good low-sugar snack)? Let’s see…

Yogurt: 16 g in a cup of FAGE Total 2% Strawberry Greek Yogurt

Hummus: 0 g

Marinara sauce: 7 g

Almonds: 6 g in 1 cup of whole, unsalted almonds

Strawberries: 8 g sugar in 1 cup of sliced strawberries

Saltine crackers: 0.3 g in a 5-cracker serving

Peanut Butter: 3 g in a 2 tbsp serving

Avocado: 1.3 g in a whole avocado

Oatmeal: 12 g in 1 packet of Quaker Instant Oatmeal Apples & Cinnamon

Cheddar cheese: 0.7 g in 1 cup of diced cheese

Celery: 1.8 g in 1 cup chopped celery

Apple: 19 g in 1 medium-sized apple

Pistachios: 9 g in 1 cup

Whole wheat bread: 1.6 g in 1 slice of bread

Fruit snacks: 11 g in 1 0.9 oz packet of Welch’s Mixed Fruit Snacks

Carrots: 2.9 g in 1 medium-sized carrot

Egg: 0.6 g in 1 large hard-boiled egg

Which one surprises you the most? Tell us in the comments!


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by Brittany Taylor | 2/1/2016
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