7 “Healthy” Foods Secretly Loaded with Sugar

These seemingly innocuous snacks could be sneaking tons of sugar into your diet.
Samantha Leffler

Yes, Mary Poppins. Thanks to you, we all know a spoonful of sugar makes the medicine go down … in the most delightful way. And, clearly, it sweetens a lot of otherwise rather bland good-for-us things that a proper Edwardian nanny would have us consume, like oats, toast, and tea. But do you realize just how much sugar is in those supposedly healthy foods? 

Blimey, it’s enough to make old Bert OD on Chim Chim Cher-ee. Some of them alone contain more than the recommended added sugar intake for an entire day.

In his upcoming book, Zero Sugar Diet, Zero Belly Smoothies author David Zinczenko issues a wakeup call to Americans who are unwittingly swallowing three, four, or more times the amount of added sugars they should be daily for good health.  The American Heart Association recommends no more than 100 calories per day from added sugars for women, and 150 calories for men. That might sound like a lot, but with four calories in each gram of sugar you can hit those magic numbers in just one meal; especially if it’s supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.

Below, we’ve compiled a list of seven seemingly healthy foods that pack much more sugar than they need to. It doesn’t take magic to eliminate added sugars in your diet. You just need to know where they’re hiding.

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