We like to think we know what’s good for us. Sure, beer, burgers, and ice cream make occasional appearances in our diet, but for the most part, we make smart food choices throughout the day.
As for sugar? We don’t have dessert every day—and when we do, we try to make it healthy—so we can’t be eating too much of it, right?
Wrong. When we tallied up the amount of sugar in a day’s worth of relatively healthy meals and snacks (yogurt with fruit and granola, a whole-wheat turkey wrap, trail mix, and a homemade stir-fry), we were shocked. We even skipped dessert!
There’s a lot of sugar hiding in everyday food (both added and natural sugars are included in the counts below). Check out the stats, get more info on the type of sugar you should try to avoid, and find ideas for healthy swaps.
The Stats Yogurt With Berries and Granola:*
6 ounces low-fat vanilla yogurt: 29 grams of sugar
1 cup mixed berries: 8.5 grams
1/2 cup granola: 12 grams
*see notes below on added vs. natural sugars