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Hidden Sources of Added Sugar in Foods

Sauces and Condiments:

Ketchup, barbecue sauce, salad dressings, and marinades often contain added sugars.

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Flavored Yogurt:

Flavored yogurts can contain a significant amount of added sugar. Opt for plain yogurt and add your own fruit.

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Granola Bars:

Many granola bars are loaded with added sugar. Look for options with lower sugar content or make your own at home.

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Breakfast Cereals:

Breakfast cereals, especially those marketed to kids, can be high in added sugar. Check labels and choose lower-sugar options.

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Bread:

Some types of bread, especially those labeled as "honey wheat" or "cinnamon raisin," may contain added sugars.

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Fruit Juice:

Even 100% fruit juice can have a high sugar content. It's better to eat whole fruits, as they contain fiber that slows sugar absorption.

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Snacks:

Snack foods like flavored popcorn, dried fruit, and fruit snacks can contain added sugars.

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Soda and Sugary Drinks:

These are obvious sources of added sugar, but they are still worth mentioning due to their high sugar content.

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Flavored Coffee and Tea:

Some coffee and tea drinks, especially those from cafes, are loaded with sugar. Choose unsweetened versions and add your own sweeteners in moderation.

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Canned Fruit:

Fruit canned in syrup can contain added sugars. Opt for fruit canned in water or its own juice.

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Sports and Energy Drinks:

These can contain a surprising amount of added sugar. Drink water or choose alternatives with no added sugar.

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Cocktail Mixers:

Mixers for cocktails, like margarita mix or sweet and sour mix, often contain added sugars.

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