Can You Guess Which One Has More Sugar?

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The American Heart Association recommends that men have no more than nine tablespoons of sugar a day and that women have no more than six. Or 37.5 grams and 25 grams respectivly. To put that in perspective, ONE can of Mountain Dew has 46 grams of sugar in it. We as consumers need to gain more knowledge about what's in the foods we eat, but food companies should also have a responsibility to be honest about what's in their "healthy" products. 

Below are examples of foods that are deemed "healthy," but are actually worse for you than a dessert. 

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1. Minute Maid Apple Juice vs. Coca Cola

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"Winner": Apple Juice 49 grams of sugar.

"Loser": Coca Cola 39 grams of sugar.

One would think that fruit juice is good for you, or at least better for you than soda. But buyer beware, because a lot of fruit juice that's on the market these days has equal or more sugar than most sodas. 

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2. Greek Vanilla Yogurt vs. Two Krispy Kreme Original Glaze Donuts

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"Winner": Active Greek Vanilla yogurt 21 grams of sugar.

"Loser": Krispy Kreme donut 10 grams of sugar.

Not all yogurts are created equal, people. While many brands of yogurt are a healthy option, be sure to double check the ingredients to make sure you're not eating more sugar than two donuts. 

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3. Jamba Juice Banana Berry Smoothie vs. In-n-Out Vanilla Shake

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"Winner": Jamba Juice Banana Berry Smoothie 59 grams of sugar.

"Loser": In-n-Out Vanilla Shake 57 grams of sugar.

Many people think that they're being healthy when they order a huge smoothie from Jamba Juice, but unfortunately they're really just getting far more sugar than they think. It's crazy that we live in a world where a "healthy" smoothie would have more sugar in it than a milkshake. 

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4. Chili's Caribbean Salad vs. a Sprinkles Cupcake

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"Winner": Chili's Caribbean Salad w/ Grilled Chicken 68 grams of sugar.

"Loser": Sprinkles cupcake 45 grams of sugar.

You'd think that having a salad would be better for you than eating a cupcake. But when you mix in salad dressing, fruit and croutons, your salad is going to become way less healthy. When eating out you should always ask for salad dressings on the side and steer clear of sugar-filled toppings. 

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5. Naked Green Machine vs. Double Chocolaty Chip Créme Frappuccino

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"Winner": Naked Green Machine 53 grams of sugar.

"Loser": Double Chocolaty Chip Créme Frappuccino 52 grams of sugar.

While a Naked juice is probably better for you than a Double Chocolaty Frappuccino, it's still crazy to think that it has more sugar than a chocolate coffee drink. You're better off making your own juices and smoothies at home. 

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6. Clif Bar Apricot vs. Kit Kat Bar

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"Winner": Clif Bar Apricot 24 grams of sugar.

"Loser": Kit Kat 21 grams of sugar.

One would think that taking a hike in the woods and whipping out a Clif Bar to nourish your healthy body would be the way to go. However, that's obviously not the case. When a candy bar has less sugar than a "health" bar, we need to start taking a closer look at what's hidden in our food. 

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7. McDonald's Fruit & Maple Oatmeal vs. a Snickers Bar

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"Winner": McDonald's Fruit & Maple Oatmeal 32 grams of sugar.

"Loser": Snickers bar 27 grams of sugar. 

Oatmeal's healthy, right? Not when you let McDonald's make it. Unfortunately, you're better off eating a candy bar for breakfast. 

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8. Raisin Bran vs. Fruit Loops

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"Winner": Raisin Bran 18 grams of sugar

"Loser": Fruit Loops 10 grams of sugar.

Cereals are another place that consumers can fall into the sugar trap. Some that are promoted as "healthy" options, are more unhealthy than your kid's sugary cereal, particularly due to added sugars and dried fruits. Make sure to read outside labels before you put what's inside in your mouth! 

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9. Craisins vs. a Piece of Cheesecake

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"Winner": Craisins 29 grams of sugar.

"Loser": Cheesecake 21 grams of sugar. 

Again, while eating Craisins is probably a better option than eating a piece of cheesecake, the sugar-per-serving ratio is crazy. Many times dried fruits and even regular fruits contain a lot of hidden sugars. 

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10. Fruit Cup vs. Snack Pack Pudding

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"Winner": Fruit Cup 15 grams of sugar.

"Loser": Snack Pack Pudding 13 grams of sugar. 

Fruit contains sugar, people. Especially fruit that's soaking in high-fructose corn syrup. If you think you're being healthy by packing a fruit cup into your lunch, think again. 

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11. Snapple Lemon Iced Tea vs. Dippin' Dots Banana Split

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"Winner": Snapple Lemon Iced Tea 46 grams of sugar.

"Loser": Dippin' Dots Banana Split 19 grams of sugar.

Juices and teas have out-of-control amounts of sugar in them. People get confused because we've been taught our whole lives to "eat fruit," and "drink teas," to be healthy. It's something that food and beverage companies pray on, so educate yourself! 

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12. Applebee's Chicken Salad vs. Dairy Queen Chocolate Brownie

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"Winner": Applebee's Pecan-Crusted Chicken Salad 64 grams of sugar.

"Loser": Dairy Queen Triple Chocolate Brownie 57 grams of sugar.

Again, we see how a "healthy" salad can go wrong. Beware of what's actually in your salad, people! Or else you'd be better off eating a brownie... 

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13. Minute Maid Lemonade vs. Dr. Pepper

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"Winner": Minute Maid Lemonade 67 grams of sugar.

"Loser": Dr. Pepper 64 grams of sugar.

This is insane. While lemons are actually very healthy for you ”” great to add to teas, in water or as a substitute to salad dressings ”” they can also be used to manipulate you into buying sugary drinks. 

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14. Dunkin' Donuts Reduced-Fat Blueberry Muffin vs. Hostess Cupcake

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"Winner": Dunkin' Donuts Reduced-Fat Blueberry Muffin 40 grams of sugar.

"Loser": Hostess Cupcake 21 grams of sugar

Any time you hear "low-fat" you should basically read it as low-fat, lots of sugar. Because that's exactly what happens. When food companies take out fat, they pump in sugar to make up for the lack of taste. 

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15. A Peep vs. A Cup of Pasta Sauce

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"Winner": A cup of pasta sauce 10 grams of sugar.

"Loser": A Peep 6.5 grams of sugar

Another sugar trap comes in the form of pasta sauce. While some contain very little sugar, others have it filled to the brim. Read labels before buying!

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