Here are some healthy-looking items you might find in the grocery store that also have high sugar contents:
- One leading brand of yogurt contains 7 teaspoons (29 grams) of sugar per serving.
- A breakfast bar made with “real fruit” and “whole grains” lists 15 grams of sugar.
- A single cup of bran cereal with raisins, in a box with “no high-fructose corn syrup” advertising, contains 20 grams of sugar per serving.
- A cranberry/pomegranate juice product, boasting “no high-fructose corn syrup” and “100% Vitamin C” with its advertisement, contains 30 grams of added sugar per 8 oz. serving. Some of the sugar is naturally occurring, but some of it has been added.
Remember the 3-6-9 Rule
The American Heart Association (AHA) recommends no more than 9 teaspoons (38 grams) of added sugar per day for men, and 6 teaspoons (25 grams) per day for women. The AHA limits for children vary depending on their age and caloric needs, but range between 3-6 teaspoons (12-25 grams) per day.