Since that's not always possible, we compiled a list of a few common processed food items, and their average levels of total and added sugars, based on the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Nutrient Database:
Plain bagel: 5.05 grams of sugar, 4.8 of which are added
Whole-wheat bread (one slice): 5.57 grams of sugar, 5.0 of which are added
Regular sodas: 8.97 grams of sugar, all of it added
Fruit punch: 11.29 grams of sugar, 4.4 of which are added
Bowl of corn flakes: 6.11 grams of sugar, all of it added
Fruit-flavored yogurt: 19 grams of sugar, 11.4 of which are added
Italian salad dressing: 8.85 grams of sugar, 6.9 of which are added
Fruit cocktail canned in light syrup: 13.93 grams of sugar, 6.4 of which are added
Smooth peanut butter: 9.22 grams of sugar, 3.1 of which are added
Granola bars: 21.8 grams of sugar, 20.4 of which are added
Low-sodium spaghetti sauce: 11.57 grams of sugar, 6.5 of which are added.
Watch your own "added" sugars. While it's important to avoid added sugars in processed foods, you should also limit the amount of sugar you add at the table, whether it's table sugar (4.7 grams of sugar per teaspoon), maple syrup (2.8 grams/teaspoon), or honey (3.8 grams/teaspoon).
Published on: August 25, 2009
Updated on: November 14, 2013