Mar 13, 2012

5 Foods with Secret High Sugar Content - guest post by Kodjo

Hi Ocean Dreamers!

I hope you are having a great start to your week. I'd like to introduce to you a friend of mine named Kodjo. Kodjo was kind enough to let me guest post on his blog: { How Zumba Makes Your Heart Healthy and Strong }, so I'm very happy to have him guest post on mine!

Kodjo is great in the health, fitness, and food department and is encouraging me to live a healthier lifestyle! Thanks so much for that Kodjo! I hope he encourages you as much as he encourages me. So, take it away Kodjo!
5 Foods with Secret High Sugar Content

No, we’re not talking about cookies or candy. Those should be avoided by default. What we’re speaking of here, are foods that are sneakily packed with sugar, unbeknownst to us. The not-so-sweet truth is that overindulging in sugar can result in a variety of health-related complications, such as high blood pressure, diabetes, and cancer, just to name a few.

Despite this blatant fact, Americans still consume on average, 22 teaspoons of added sugar daily, way above the threshold of 10 teaspoons. Lower you health risks and pay heed to the following unconventional foods with high sugar content.

Dried Fruits
If you thought dried fruits such as dried cranberries were safe, healthy snack options, think again. Most brands contain excess sugar and can easily carry 30 g per serving. Next time you are in the mood for dried fruits, reach for the unsweetened varieties instead.

Not all yogurts are healthy. In fact, the popular brands of yogurts contain at least 7 teaspoons of sugar per serving (equivalent to 3 times the amount found in plain regular yogurt). Go for plain yogurt, and add in your own frozen or fresh fruit; or even organic honey. 


Beware of the rainbow-colored and cocoa-covered cereals. Some of the sugar-disguised cereals include Kellog’s Cracklin’ Oat Bran, and Kashi’s GOLEAN Crunch; these two pack around 4 teaspoons of sugar each, per serving. Perhaps you are in the mood for Post or Kellogg’s raisin bran? Here, you’re looking at a whopping 5 teaspoons of sugar per serving! 

Much healthier alternatives are whole grain varieties, which boast higher nutritional value, and contain significantly less sugar.

Oatmeal will sure fill you up in the morning, but many of the flavored packets of oatmeal contain at least 14 grams of sugar per serving. This is the equivalent of eating three Oreo cookies! You certainly don’t want that many Oreos in the morning, and in one sitting. Instead, shoot for no-sugar content oatmeal such as Quaker Instant Oatmeal.

Spaghetti Sauce

A pasta dish might not stand out as sugar-loaded meal, but it can be unfortunately. This is because most pasta brands add sugar to their sauces. For example, one serving of marinara sauce contains approximately two teaspoons of sugar. True, you may not be able to taste the sugar in your marinara sauce, but you better be sure it’s hiding in there. Always make it a habit to carefully read the nutritional facts section of your groceries.

As you can see, foods that boast high sugar content may not always be screaming it out loud. Some are very sneaky, and you have to be extremely vigilant. Read labels systematically, and if the sugar content is low, pay particular attention to any artificial sweeteners such as aspartame or high fructose corn syrup. They are even more dangerous than plain sugar.

About the Author: Kodjo Hounnak√© is an avid health & fitness blogger. When he’s not blogging about home workout routines and healthy eating habits, he is probably either busy working out or eating healthy. Follow him on Twitter @Kodjoworkout


  1. Love this guest post! It's incredible how sneaky some food companies can be when it comes to plain old regular food. It's shocking how unhealthy at a lot of stuff is and most people have no idea.

  2. That is all great info! I'm going to have to start checking out the sugar content of my foods!

  3. Awesome post!!!
    I've been saying a lot of times that we simply ignore the sugar in our food. Just because it sounds healthy or says diet, doesn't mean there's no sugar in it. Sugar has many names, and we forget that. A quick reminder (and my doc reminded me too) - just because it says SugarFree it's not sugar free. It still has sugar in it. :(


  4. thank you for this interesting much information is hidden and disguised as something it is not!!!
    i am your newest;s follow back if you can.
    the fruit snacks for kids name just cracks me up ...people think they are healthy!!

  5. Some of these I had known, but I didn't know about the spaghetti sauce! Either way, it's always good to be reminded to the sugar contents of seemingly "healthy" foods!

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  7. I'm guilty of all of these! It's funny how you only think about sugar in junk food, but it's really everywhere!

  8. Wow I didn't know about the oatmeal! That's a surprise, I've got to pay more attention



  9. good to know except I'm eating dry fruit right now and felt pretty good about it. BOO. haha. I'm going to look at the packaging... oo yes! mine are unsweetened. thanks trader joe's.


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