4 Surprising Sources of Sugar In Ordinary Foods


Who doesn’t love a sugary dessert? Americans eat as much as 22 teaspoons of sugar on a daily basis, and that equals out to almost half a cup.

There is sugar in many foods that you don’t think of as desserts. Other names for sugar include crystal dextrose, corn sweetener, evaporated cane juice or fructose.

Read nutrition labels carefully, and make adjustments as necessary. This could include making things at home, where you can control the ingredients, and drinking water instead of juice. Here are 4  surprising sources of sugar in ordinary foods:

Fruit Juice

Remember the frozen cans of juice that you mixed in water? I drank orange juice for breakfast on a regular basis. What I didn’t know is that a 12 oz. glass of orange juice contains 9 teaspoons of sugar.

Frozen Dinners

Frozen dinners typically contain meat and vegetables, which sounds like a healthy meal. Sugar is added to make it taste better, and often contains 30-40 grams of sugar per serving.


Do you love a hot burger off the grill with all the goodies on top? Ketchup and relish each contain 4 grams of sugar per tablespoon. I need a lot more than that, and can you imagine someone eating fries with that burger and just using a tablespoon of ketchup?

I like barbecue sauce on my burger, but I may rethink that, since barbecue sauce can contain up to 13 grams of sugar for 2 tablespoons.


Who grew up eating tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwiches? That was one of my favorites. I was shocked to learn that 1 cup of tomato soup has 20 grams of sugar.

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