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John Oliver Calls Out Sugar Industry, Demands They #ShowUsYourPeanuts

How much sugar are you eating? Odds are you don't know, and as John Oliver pointed out Sunday on "Last Week Tonight," it's because food makers are doing their best to make sure you never find out.

For example, most cranberry products are packed with sugar, and for good reason.

"Cranberries are, I think we can all agree, nature's most disgusting berry. Cranberries taste like cherries who hate you," Oliver said. "Cranberries taste like what a raspberry drinks before its colonoscopy -- and the industry knows it."

That, he said, is why even cranberry companies are fighting against adding labels that would disclose added sugars.

"Which is tantamount to begging, 'Please don't make us tell everyone how much sugar we dump on our garbage bog-berry,'" Oliver said.

It's not just the cranberry industry, either. Most food and beverage makers are fighting the proposed inclusion of an added sugars label on food packages. And, if there is a label, they don't want sugars listed in teaspoons. They want it in grams, which Oliver says is because no one knows what a gram is.

So he's offering a better solution.

"We are proposing, in the spirit of Halloween, that product manufacturers express their sugar content in the form of candy," Oliver said. "Specifically, circus peanuts, the most disgusting of all the candies. They taste like an elephant ejaculated into a packet of Splenda."

Since there are more than 5 grams of sugar in each circus peanut, Oliver said food makers should put a picture of one circus peanut on the front of the package for every 5 grams of sugar in the product.

"Do it, food makers. Expose your peanuts to the world. Because if you're going to shove your peanuts in our mouths, the very least you can do is tell us what we're swallowing."

Oliver called on viewers to support this idea by tweeting food makers with the hashtag #ShowUsYourPeanuts.

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BEFORE YOU GO

  • Whole-wheat crackers, 8
    Up to 12 grams sugar 
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Source: <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Eat-Beat-Fat-Health-While-Brand-Name/dp/0345547934?tag=
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    Up to 12 grams sugar

    Source: Eat It to Beat It! by David Zinczenko
  • Crispy chicken and spinach salad, prepared in a restaurant
    Up to 13 grams sugar 
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Source: <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Eat-Beat-Fat-Health-While-Brand-Name/dp/0345547934?tag=
    TBird59/iStock/360/Getty Images
    Up to 13 grams sugar

    Source: Eat It to Beat It! by David Zinczenko
  • Tomato basil soup, 1 can
    Up to 13-22 grams sugar 
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Source: <em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/Eat-Beat-Fat-Health-While-Brand-Name/dp/03455479
    molka/iStock/Thinkstock
    Up to 13-22 grams sugar

    Source: Eat It to Beat It! by David Zinczenko
  • Crunchy broccoli salad, 1/2 cup
    7 grams sugar 
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Source: <a href="http://www.kraftrecipes.com/recipes/crunchy-broccoli-salad-154973.aspx" target="_bla
    ElenaFabbrili/iStock/Thinkstock
    7 grams sugar

    Source: Kraft recipes
  • Energy drinks, 8-ounce bottle*
    Up to 21–30 grams 
<br>*Some energy drinks are sold in 16-ounce bottles 
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Source: <a href="http://anrcatalog.ucdavis.
    Up to 21–30 grams
    *Some energy drinks are sold in 16-ounce bottles

    Source: University of California, Davis, Department of Nutrition fact sheet
  • Yogurt, single serving-size cup (usually 6 ounces)
    Up to 25–34 grams of sugar 
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Source: <em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/Eat-Beat-Fat-Health-While-Brand-Name/dp/03455
    moranaF/iStock/Thinkstock
    Up to 25–34 grams of sugar

    Source: Eat It to Beat It! by David Zinczenko
  • Coleslaw, 2 tablespoons
    Up to 12 grams of sugar 
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Source: <em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/Sugar-Has-56-Names-Shoppers-ebook/dp/B00E8OLID2?
    TheMalni/iStock/Thinkstock
    Up to 12 grams of sugar

    Source: Sugar Has 56 Names: A Shopper's Guide, by Robert H. Lustig, MD, MSL
  • Baked beans, 1/2 cup
    11–16 grams of sugar 
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Source: <em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/Sugar-Has-56-Names-Shoppers-ebook/dp/B00E8OLID2?tag=the
    Ju-Lee/iStock/Thinkstock
    11–16 grams of sugar
    Source: Sugar Has 56 Names: A Shopper's Guide, by Robert H. Lustig, MD, MSL
  • Beef jerky, 1 serving
    4–6 grams of sugar 
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Source: <em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/Sugar-Has-56-Names-Shoppers-ebook/dp/B00E8OLID2?tag=t
    bhofack2/iStock/Thinkstock
    4–6 grams of sugar

    Source: Sugar Has 56 Names: A Shopper's Guide, by Robert H. Lustig, MD, MSL
  • Vanilla almond milk, 1 cup
    Up to 14 grams of sugar 
<br>(Unsweetened almond milk: 0 grams sugar) 
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Source: <em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/Su
    bhofack2/iStock/Thinkstock
    Up to 14 grams of sugar
    (Unsweetened almond milk: 0 grams sugar)

    Source: Sugar Has 56 Names: A Shopper's Guide, by Robert H. Lustig, MD, MSL
  • Hamburger buns, 1 bun
    Up to 3–6 grams 
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Source: <em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/Sugar-Has-56-Names-Shoppers-ebook/dp/B00E8OLID2?tag=theh
    sautepl/iStock/Thinkstock
    Up to 3–6 grams

    Source: Sugar Has 56 Names: A Shopper's Guide, by Robert H. Lustig, MD, MSL
  • Teriyaki marinade
    Up to 8 grams sugar 
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Source: <em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/Eat-Beat-Fat-Health-While-Brand-Name/dp/0345547934?t
    Svetlana Kolpakova/Hemera/Thinkstock
    Up to 8 grams sugar

    Source: Eat It to Beat It! by David Zinczenko
  • Cereal bars, 1 bar
    12 grams of sugar, on average 
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Source: <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Sugar-Has-56-Names-Shoppers-ebook/dp/B00E8OLID
    rzeszutek/iStock/Thinkstock
    12 grams of sugar, on average

    Source: Sugar Has 56 Names: A Shopper's Guide, by Robert H. Lustig, MD, MSL
  • Hot cereal, 1 envelope
    Up to 7–12 grams 
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Source: <em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/Sugar-Has-56-Names-Shoppers-ebook/dp/B00E8OLID2?tag=the
    AbbieImages/iStock/Thinkstock
    Up to 7–12 grams

    Source: Sugar Has 56 Names: A Shopper's Guide, by Robert H. Lustig, MD, MSL
  • Dark chocolate, 1 bar
    Up to 16–21 grams 
<br>(You can find dark chocolate with a high percentage of cacao with as little as 5 grams of sugar) 
<br>
    Zakharova_Natalia/iStock/Thinkstock
    Up to 16–21 grams
    (You can find dark chocolate with a high percentage of cacao with as little as 5 grams of sugar)

    Source: Eat It to Beat It! by David Zinczenko
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