10 Secret Sugar Bombs You're Probably Eating

Find out if you're unknowingly eating foods with hidden sugars.

10 Secret Sugar Bombs You're Probably Eating

By Reina Berger

When you're on the quest for better health, the last thing you need is a sugary derailment. So many of the foods we choose each day are loaded with hidden sugars that can undo all of our dieting and exercise efforts. No matter which diet plan you subscribe to, there is one universal rule: the less sugar the better.


The 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans suggests limiting added sugar intake to less than 10 percent of calories you ingest per day (this means 200 calories for those following a 2,000 calorie diet). We asked Rachel Swanson, MS, RD, LDN and Dr. Aviva Romm to unveil the secret sugar bombs that we need to watch out for. Here are 10 foods to keep on your radar.

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Green Juices

With labels like organic, non-GMO, vegan, gluten-free, preservative-free, and offering a full serving of veggies, green juices often appear to be the pinnacle of health. Unfortunately, these beverages can often be loaded with a ton of sugar, thanks to the added fruits. As Swanson reminds us, "just because the sugar comes from fruits doesn't mean it will lessen the blow from the blood sugar and insulin spike occurring shortly thereafter, thanks to zero grams of fiber."

If you want a refreshing green juice without the unnecessary sugar, make your own, and stick to vegetables like cucumber, spinach, celery, and kale. Dr. Romm adds, "the bottom line on juices is simple: they can pack as much as sugar as a soft drink and if you're drinking three of those a day, you're consuming 30 teaspoons of sugar without even realizing it."

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