Sugar can sneak its way into just about any processed food item you find at the grocery store. Find out which of your “healthy” foods might be full of added sugars in this article and how you can identify more healthful options free of added sugars!
Foods with processed sugar
Let’s examine some popular “health food” brands:
Kashi Go Lean Crunch cereal contains 11 grams of added sugar in a ¾ cup serving. If you look at the ingredient list, you will find sugar sourced from brown rice syrup, cane sugar, and honey.
Clif Energy Bars contain a surprising 21 grams of added sugar, and sugar can be sourced from brown rice syrup, cane syrup, cane sugar, and barley malt.
Activia Yogurt contains 8 grams of added sugar in a small 4-ounce container. Cane sugar and fruit juice concentrate can be found on their ingredient list.
Brianna’s Home Style Poppy Seed Dressing contains 6 grams of added sugar for every 2 tablespoons you use on your salad.
Justin’s Honey Peanut Butter contains 3 grams of added sugar in a 2 tablespoon serving size. On their ingredient list you will find honey and cane sugar.
A good rule of thumb is to generally avoid those packaged and highly refined foods found in the middle aisles of the grocery store. Ali Miller, RD, LD, CDE, wrote a helpful article about how to replace sugar with real nutrients, which you can read here.