10 Things You Didn’t Realize Had More Sugar Than a Can of Coke

Sugar bombs are lurking everywhere—sometimes where you least expect it.

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  • AU BON PAIN LARGE VANILLA YOGURT WITH BLUEBERRIES AND GRANOLA TOPPINGBasically, flavored yogurt is a small step away from ice cream in terms of sugar content. According to Men's Health)
  • PANERA PUMPKIN MUFFINYou think: Oh, I'm going to be healthy and get a squash-based muffin for breakfast. Little do you know this inconspicuous muffin is basically cake; it contains 47g of sugar and 530 calories. If you're looking to be healthy, go make yourself some plain oatmeal or a bowl of fruit instead.(Photo:
  • UNO CHICAGO GRILL BABY BACK RIBSUnos' "signature citrus barbecue sauce" must be 99% pure sugar, since this dish contains 62g of sugar and 860 calories.(Photo:
  • ORIGINAL SIZE CARIBBEAN PASSION JAMBA JUICEAccording to the Jamba Juice Jamba Juice)
  • OSCAR MEYER MAXED OUT TURKEY & CHEDDAR LUNCHABLESIs Oscar Meyer just blatantly trying to give the kiddies diabetes? These Lunchables—clearly targeted towards school children—have 61g of sugar and 680 calories. Remember, the American Heart Association recommends that children consume no more than 12 grams of sugar per day.(Photo:
  • STARBUCKS PEPPERMINT WHITE CHOCOLATE MOCHASo it's winter, and Starbucks just came out with its website.(Photo:
  • BOB EVAN'S STACKED & STUFFED STRAWBERRY BANANA CREAM HOTCAKESThese are basically pancakes stuffed with diabetes. An order of this "breakfast food" has 102g of sugar and 1,200 calories. To put this into perspective: Moderately active adult men require between 2,200 and 2,800 calories each day.(Photo:
  • BOSTON MARKET CINNAMON APPLESBoston Market's super-sweet side dish contains apples, (a whole lot of sugar and brown sugar), soybean oil, cinnamon, and cornstarch. One serving of the side contains 42g of sugar and 210 calories.(Photo:
  • DUNKIN' DONUTS STRAWBERRY COOLATTAA small size of this slushy beverage Dunkin' Donuts)
  • Pei Wei Asian Diner Orange Peel Beef"Unlike Pei Wei's parent company, P.F. Chang's, this Asian restaurant actually discloses its sugar content," writes Trip Advisor)

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.


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