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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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