Shocking Sugar Content of Common Foods!

The sugar content of foods is often a mystery to many people.  I too am often surprised at the sugar content of many foods.  I stumbled upon this today on another blog and thought it would be a great thing to repost.  (Click here for the original post.)

Sugar Content of Common Foods

  1. Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnuts………………………………10 g
  2. Luna Bar berry almond …………… ………………………………………11 g
  3. Froot Loops breakfast cereal 3/4 cup …………………………………12 g
  4. Ben & Jerry’s vanilla ice cream …………………………………………..16 g
  5. Starbucks caffè latte grande 16 oz ……………………………………..17 g
  6. Godiva 2 truffles …………………………………………………………….17 g
  7. Subway 6″ sweet onion teriyaki chicken sandwich……………….17 g
  8. Ms. Field’s chocolate chip cookie ………………………………….19 g
  9. Tropicana 100% orange juice 8 oz ………………………………………25 g
  10. Yoplait original yogurt …………………………………………………27 g
  11. Craisins dried cranberries 1/3 cup ……………………………………….29 g
  12. Vitamin Water 20 oz bottle …………………………………………….33 g
  13. Oscar Mayer Lunchables crackers, turkey & American cheese ….36 g
  14. Coca-Cola Classic 12 oz can ………………………………………………39 g
  15. Sprinkles Cupcake red velvet …………………………………………….45 g
  16. California Pizza Kitchen Thai chicken salad ………………………….45 g
  17. Jamba Juice blackberry bliss 16 oz ………………………………………….49 g
  18. Odwalla SuperFood 450 ml bottle …………………………………………..50 g
  19. Starbucks caffe vanilla frappuccino grande 16 oz ………………………58 g

Dr. Court’s Comments

There are some observations I want to make about these foods.

First, remember this formula: 5 grams of sugar is equal to 1 tsp of sugar in the blood.  That is, for every 5 grams of sugar consumed it is equal to ingesting 1 tsp. of sugar.

Second, people often consider doughnuts to be extremely unhealthy.  Don’t get me wrong – they are, but consider that fruit loops have more sugar.  There is little more value in eating fruit loops for breakfast than in eating a doughnut.  The only added value I see is some fortified vitamins.  What if the doughnut was fortified?  Would you feed it to your child for breakfast?  I hope not.  If you wouldn’t, then why give them fruit loops?

Third, Oscar Mayer Lunchables are not really any better than a 12 ounce can of Coca-Cola.  If you use our formula from above, the Lunchables meal is roughly equal to consuming 7 tsp. of sugar.  The biggest problem I have is that these Lunchable meals are marketed as a healthy option to parents and as a fun way to eat a meal to kids.  They may be fun, but they are not healthy.

Fourth,Vitamin Water has always been a pet peeve of mine.  People routinely ask me if that’s o.k. to drink.  Their marketing has clearly worked.  You’ve seen the ads – Naomi Campbell (the super model) is dancing around and drinking it.  The name is pure marketing genius as well.  It suggests that it’s good for you, but as we see it has only slightly less sugar than a soda!

Fifth, the salads that you get at chain restaurants are not a healthy option.  They are generally loaded with carbohydrates.  If you want to eat a healthy salad make it at home or go to a restaurant that has a salad bar with fresh options.  Don’t use sugary salad dressings either.  Season salads to taste with salt and pepper (or other spices that you like) and add extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar.  It’s a delicious, fresh taste!

Lastly, Starbucks is a major contributor to the obesity epidemic in this country.  One Starbucks caffe vanilla frappuccino has significantly more sugar in it than a soda does.  People routinely drink one or more of these every single day.  Just because it’s coffee (sort of) doesn’t mean it’s o.k.

People are generally not aware of the empty calories they are consuming every day.  These are often in the form of refined carbohydrates which is a significant contributor to heart disease, diabetes and cancer in this country.  The above list is just a small list.  Consider what your eating before you eat it.  Get educated about these things so you can be healthy and live a long, happy life!

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