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The Places Where Sugar Hides

By Sara Butler

You know that cookies, cakes, pastries, and candy all have a lot of added sugar. If you’re trying to control how much sugar you have per day, then avoiding these foods is a no-brainer. But the problem with added sugars is that they’re lurking in some pretty unexpected places. In fact, foods you may have considered health foods may be laden with sugar. Here are a few foods that should be on your added sugar radar.

Barbecue Sauce

Barbecue is synonymous with summertime, but you have to be careful or you’ll get more sugar than you realize! An ounce of average barbecue sauce can have up to 10 grams of added sugar. When you pile that on top of your ribs, pork, or chicken, you definitely getting more than you bargained for.

One way to curb your sugar intake is to look for no sugar added sauce or simply make your own with a sugar substitute. You may be surprised how much more you like your homemade version!

Flavored Yogurt

Not to burst your healthy bubble, but if you’re eating flavored yogurt, then chances are you’re getting a lot more added sugar than you bargained for. A single serving of flavored yogurt can contain about 19 grams of added sugar. Make sure when you buy yogurt to pay special attention to the list of ingredients. If sugar is high on the list (or some variation of it), then keep looking until you find a lower sugar option.

Spaghetti Sauce

Spaghetti sauce often seems like a great last-minute ingredient for a quick dinner. After all, tomatoes are very good for you. The only problem is that sugar isn’t, and mass-produced spaghetti sauces often contain a lot of sugar -- two teaspoons in just a half cup of sauce! Make sure to read nutrition information on your favorite sauce because sugar content can vary widely between brands. Opt for the no sugar added variety or make your own from home!


Granola isn’t as good for you as you may be led to believe. Even though it does contain whole grains, nuts, fruits, and seeds, it also is loaded with added sugar. That really makes it no better than the sugar-coated cereal your kids beg you for at the store each week.

Look for brands low in sugar or use it for a snack or topping rather than simply a meal by itself.

You have to keep a sharp eye out for hidden sugar! It's lurking everywhere.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in South Jordan, Utah.


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