The Doctor Is In:
5 Foods With Hidden Sugar

Recently there has been a lot of talk about what sugar does to the body. Over the course of the 15-year study, participants who took in 25% or more of their daily calories as sugar were more than twice as likely to die from heart disease as those whose diets included less than 10% added sugar. Overall, the odds of dying from heart disease rose in tandem with the percentage of sugar in the diet—and that was true regardless of a person’s age, sex, physical activity level, and body-mass index (a measure of weight). Here are some foods that you would never think contain high amounts of sugar.


3. Dried Fruit

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Dried fruit is a great snack that delivers fiber and important vitamins and minerals but there’s a catch: dried fruit can also deliver unnecessary added sugars and those added sugars can sometimes add an extra 50 calories to 1/2 cup of dried fruit. It’s difficult to know how much added sugar is in most processed foods because food manufacturers aren’t required to disclose the amount of natural versus added sugars in their products on the Nutrition Facts panel—when “sugars” are listed, the total number includes both naturally occurring and added sugars.