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4 Foods That Pack a Secret Sugar High

Dried Fruit contains sugar!

1. Dried Fruit

Dried fruit can be a healthy snack, but many brands pack extra sugar. While some sugar is naturally derived from fruit, a close look at nutrition labels reveals that sugar is often the first ingredient listed, even before fruit. Because of their natural tartness, dried cranberries typically get the super-saccharine treatment, and carry around 30 g per serving. Look for unsweetened varieties instead, or better yet, make your own. Often present in trail mix, dried fruit can immediately jack up the sugar count.

Spaghetti has sugar, who didn't know?
Spaghetti has sugar, who didn't know?

2. Spaghetti Sauce

A pasta dish may be the last place you'd expect to find something sweet, but most brands tend to add sugar to their sauces, according. A serving of most marinara sauces slip in about two teaspoons of the sweet stuff, even if you can't taste it. Mamma mia!

Ketchup with sugar?

3. Ketchup

Would you like sugar with your side of fries? You may be getting it anyway. A tablespoon of ketchup contains about a teaspoon of sugar, which means about one-third of each serving is straight-up sugar. Go easy on the condiment the next time you garnish your burger or dog.

A healthy fruit smoothie we think, but it contains so much sugar!
A healthy fruit smoothie we think, but it contains so much sugar!

4. Fruit Smoothie

Smoothies made entirely from fruits and veggies are a tasty treat that fill you up with vital nutrients and antioxidants. When sherbet and other sugary ingredients are added to the mix, however, you may as well be sipping a milkshake.