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The Sugar-iest Foods That Don't Even Taste Sweet

They don't taste supersweet, but these sugary foods can easily push you over your recommended limit of 25 grams a day.

By Corrie Pikul

Whole-wheat crackers, 8
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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
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Up to 13 grams sugar

Source: Eat It to Beat It! by David Zinczenko
Tomato basil soup, 1 can
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Up to 13-22 grams sugar

Source: Eat It to Beat It! by David Zinczenko
Crunchy broccoli salad, 1/2 cup
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7 grams sugar

Source: Kraft recipes
Energy drinks, 8-ounce bottle*
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)
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Up to 25–34 grams of sugar

Source: Eat It to Beat It! by David Zinczenko
Coleslaw, 2 tablespoons
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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
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11–16 grams of sugar

Source: Sugar Has 56 Names: A Shopper's Guide, by Robert H. Lustig, MD, MSL
Beef jerky, 1 serving
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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
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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
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Up to 3–6 grams

Source: Sugar Has 56 Names: A Shopper's Guide, by Robert H. Lustig, MD, MSL
Teriyaki marinade
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Up to 8 grams sugar

Source: Eat It to Beat It! by David Zinczenko
Cereal bars, 1 bar
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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
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Up to 7–12 grams

Source: Sugar Has 56 Names: A Shopper's Guide, by Robert H. Lustig, MD, MSL
Dark chocolate, 1 bar
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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
Sugary Breakfasts