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Sugar Shock

Sugar lurks in numerous food sources. Check out the amount in these commercial products.

Spoonfuls of sugar

Sugars often lurk in everyday foods, and whether they’re naturally occurring or added, they can accumulate fast. A food’s protein, fiber, and healthy-fat content can mitigate the sweet stuff’s effects by keeping blood sugar steady, but you still don’t want to overdo it.

Men are urged to limit added sugars — those that don’t occur naturally — to 36 grams a day (9 teaspoons); women 20 grams (5 teaspoons); and children 12 grams (3 teaspoons), according to the American Heart Association. Other experts recommend less, and some maintain that there is no health-related reason to consume any added sugars. Robert Lustig, MD, a pediatric endocrinologist and author of Fat Chance: Beating the Odds Against Sugar, Processed Food, Obesity, and Disease, advises no more than 50 grams of total sugar per day.

Here’s a look at the sugar in some common commercial products:

















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