7 Foods You Didn’t Know Were High in Sugar

When you pick up a box of doughnuts or cookies, you’re typically not surprised to see that the offering contains loads of sugar. However, there are also foods that aren’t typically thought of as overly sweet that actually pack a shocking sugar punch. A few things to always keep in mind: Be wary of a product that’s labeled as nutritious, and don’t assume a food is low in sugar just because its brand sounds healthy. Here are seven surprising foods to watch out for.

1. Canned or packaged fruit

canned fruit

Canned fruit is full of tons of preservatives and sugar. | iStock.com

Make sure you don’t assume that everything labeled as fruit is healthy. Web MD writes that packaged or canned fruit is packed with sugar, even those items with labels that say “in light syrup” or “made with real fruit.” This includes products like apple sauce, fruit chillers, and canned fruit.

Specifically, Web MD suggests keeping an eye out for DelMonte Fruit Chillers Frozen Fruit Sorbet, which contains 26 grams of sugar in one individual cup; Motts Apple Sauce, which contains 22 to 23 grams; Dole diced peaches in light syrup, which contain 18 grams of sugar; and DelMonte diced pears or mandarin oranges in light syrup, which have 17 grams of sugar.

These packaged fruits are in the same ballpark as a standard-size chocolate candy bar, which contains 27 grams of sugar, according to Women’s Health.

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