Sickening amounts of sugar can be concealed in the foods you eat regularly—and not necessarily the ones you consider “sweet.” Restaurants and food manufacturers pack concerning amounts of sugar and corn syrup in foods like yogurt, marinades, breakfast items, and children’s snacks. Author and activist Michael Pollan told the New York Times, “I once asked a yogurt manufacturer why you don’t have the equivalent of Honest Tea for yogurt—like, for adults who don’t want to be swamped with sugar, or don’t want to give their kids sugar. And he explained to me the pressure—the arms race—to get more and more sugar in is irresistible. If your competitor has more sugar, they’re going to sell more yogurts. You have to match them.”
It’s as simple as that, and this “arms race” to add more and more sugar to everyday restaurant and grocery store foods is slowly killing us. We’re not kidding: Close to 400 million people worldwide are affected by type 2 diabetes.
According to the latest American Heart Association recommendations, adult women should eat approximately 20 grams of sugar each day, and adult men can have up to 36. Children shouldn’t exceed 12 grams. Yet, a can of Coke has 39 grams of sugar, and a Starbucks grande white chocolate peppermint mocha has 75 grams. But it only gets worse when you look into how much sugar is actually in the foods we eat every day.
Here, a look at 10 foods that have more sugar than a can of Coke.