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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 ON 4/15/2014 12:00:00 AM


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