Alfano said that a lot of food you might typically buy has sugar and high fructose corn syrup, so it’s best to check the labels of most foods. Your favorite strawberry-flavored yogurt could have up to 20 grams of sugar per serving, which is like adding five teaspoons of sugar to your small cup. Granola bars and sports drinks are also typically marketed to be healthy options to candy and soda, but they can have about 20 grams of sugar per serving as well.
Your favorite healthy smoothie could also be loaded with sugar. “This is because some will have added fruit juice, frozen yogurt, or sweetened nut milks, which can all add to the sugar content,” Alfano said.
Even condiments have added sugar and high fructose corn syrup to help with the taste. Salad dressings can have 10 grams of sugar per serving, and a tablespoon of ketchup can add 4 grams of sugar to your diet. Some condiments can add up to 10 grams of high fructose corn syrup per serving.
High fructose corn syrup can also be found in some breakfast cereals, breads, and crackers. Even drinks like V8 and Minute Maid will add high fructose corn syrup to their mix. It’s also best to check the list of ingredients in many jams and jellies because some brands will add up to 9 grams of high fructose corn syrup to make them taste sweeter.