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Hidden Sugars in Common Foods Like Flavored Yogurt and Ketchup

Added Sugar in Unexpected Places

I recently started tracking my food online at LiveStrong and have been surprised by the amount of sugar I consume daily. We all know that sugar appears under many aliases on food labels, but the sweet substance can be found in many foods you just wouldn't suspect, like whole wheat bread, crackers, and tomato products. If tomatoes are picked too early, they need to be sweetened to create the palate-pleasing balance of sugar and acid. This means your ketchup has about four grams of added sugar per tablespoon. While my personal downfall, Brown Cow maple yogurt, offers calcium and protein, flavored varieties of yogurt really pack in the sugar. For instance, six ounces of plain Cabot Greek yogurt contains six grams of sugar naturally, but once you add some strawberry flavoring, the sugar count jumps to 24 grams.

I will be sticking to plain yogurt and adding some fresh strawberries now that they are coming into season. Then again, you can always mix your plain yogurt with a little flavored to cut your sugar intake down but still satisfy your taste buds.

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