Real Life. Real News. Real Voices.
Help us tell more of the stories that matter from voices that too often remain unheard.
Join HuffPost Plus
thinner_close_xCreated with Sketch.
Wellness

These Foods Have More Sugar Than A Krispy Kreme Donut

Sugar has a sneaky way of showing up in places where it doesn't really belong. You expect the sweetness to appear in desserts, candy-coated treats and donuts, but in your hamburger?

Sugar's near-ubiquity in processed and packaged foods makes limiting one's daily sugar intake -- a choice from which nearly anyone could benefit -- a more difficult task. Krispy Kreme's original glazed contains 10 grams of the stuff, but while we expect a donut to be extra sweet, savory foods such as a meatball sub and foods that are marketed as "healthy" -- such as Greek yogurt -- can easily get by a person's sugar radar.

For the average adult, the World Health Organization recommends a daily intake of 25 grams of sugar, or about two and a half Krispy Kremes. According to Natasa Janicic-Kahric, an associate professor of medicine at Georgetown University Hospital, many Americans eat around five times the recommended amount of sugar.

Overdoing it with sugar may increase a person's risk for heart disease, obesity and diabetes. A third of American children are overweight or obese, which puts them at a greater risk for developing diabetes later in life. And recent research has found that sugar can get in the way of cognitive function or even put people in a bad mood. In more serious cases, sugar-laden foods may exacerbate experiences of depression and anxiety.

If you avoid dessert and sweet treats, but don't keep track of the incidental sugar in your meals, you'll want to check out the infographic below. This is for anyone who works hard to avoid eating a donut for lunch, but wouldn't think twice about a bowl of tomato soup or a Kind bar.

(Hover to pin, tap to enlarge.)

Sources: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17

Arizona Raspberry Iced Tea
Amazon.com
These recognizable-anywhere cans are bad news: They contain 23.5 ounces, nearly three times the suggested serving size for the tea inside. With 90 calories per 8 ounces, finishing an entire can adds up to almost 270. Photo from Amazon.com
Starbucks Bottled Mocha Frappuccino
Amazon.com
The 9.5-ounce Starbucks to go contains 180 calories. Photo from Amazon.com
Jamba Juice Smoothies
Granted, Jamba Juice All Fruit smoothies are made with much better-for-you ingredients than a can of cola. However, it's still easy to mindlessly sip your calories when a 16-ounce size clocks in at least 210 calories. Flickr photo by libookperson
Minute Maid Lemonade
Amazon.com
A 12-ounce can of the summer favorite clocks in at 150 calories, more than a can of Coke and the same as a can of Pepsi. Photo from Amazon.com
Snapple Apple Fruit Drink
Amazon.com
There are 100 calories in every 8 ounces of this fruity pick, but the bottle is deceiving, since it packs 16 ounces. Photo from Amazon.com
Sunkist Orange Soda
Amazon.com
There are 170 calories per 12-ounce can of this sweet drink. Photo from Amazon.com
Dr. Pepper
Amazon.com
A 12-ounce can clocks in at 150 calories, more than a can of Coke and the same as a can of Pepsi. Photo from Amazon.com
Dunkin' Donuts Strawberry Coolatta
Even the small size of this frozen concoction from the coffee chain is a diet danger, with 230 calories in 16 ounces. Flickr photo by ReneS
Monster Energy Drink
Amazon.com
There are only 100 calories in 8 ounces of this pick-me-up, but who only drinks half a can? The whole thing will set you back 200 calories. Photo from Amazon.com
Nesquik Lowfat Chocolate Milk
Amazon.com
An 8-ounce bottle of this sweet sip adds up to 170 calories. Beware of larger sizes that encourage bigger portions. Photo from Amazon.com
Barq's Root Beer
Amazon.com
Each 12-ounce can contains 160 calories. Photo from Amazon.com
Related Video