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5 Surprising Foods with More Sugar than a Donut

Too much sugar can lead to unwanted weight gain and an increased risk of heart attack or stroke. Although you might not think twice before tucking into these five foods, each of them is a sugar bomb that’s bigger than the average donut. 

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We expect a sugar rush from the usual suspects, but added sugars lurk in many packaged and restaurant foods, even in those that don’t taste sweet. This means your daily sugar intake may be higher than you ever imagined-filling you with empty calories that spike your blood sugar, pack on pounds, and increase your risk for high blood pressure, heart attack, and stroke.

According to Statistics Canada, the average Canadian consumes around 23 teaspoons (92 grams) of added sugar per day. We should be eating no more than 12 teaspoons (48 grams). Here are some sneaky foods that are bringing our levels to record highs: 

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1. Starbucks Java Chip Frapuccino (Grande, 16 oz.): 66 grams

No one’s claiming this is a superfood, but 66 grams of sugar? Wow. You’d be far better off getting an iced coffee and sprinkling in a packet of sugar.

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2. 99% Fat-Free Strawberry Banana Yogurt (6 oz. serving): 27 grams

Don’t be fooled by reduced- or low-fat labels, which may pack extra sugar. Try swapping nonfat fruit-flavoured yogurt for nonfat Greek yogurt with a handful of your favourite berries mixed in. The latter is also higher in protein, which keeps you feeling full for longer.

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3. Canned peaches and other fruit (1/2 cup): 23 grams

You think you’re picking wisely by having fruit for dessert, but the syrups in canned goods can detract from the health perks. Pick whole, natural fruit instead.

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4. Baked Beans (1/2 cup serving): 14 grams

At least canned foods give you a heads-up on their food labels. It’s a good idea to get in the habit of checking the sugar content of your supermarket staples and trying to cut back when you can.

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5. Oat and Honey Granola Bar (2 bar serving): 12 grams

Granola bars scream healthy, but many of them boast a surprising amount of sugar. Granted, they’re healthier than, say, the 30 grams a Snickers bar packs, but still may not be the healthiest snack choice around.