Top 10 Foods Highest in Sugar (To Limit or Avoid)

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Top 10 Foods Highest in Sugar (To Limit or Avoid)

Sugars are simple carbohydrates naturally occurring in a variety of foods, including, fruits, vegetables, and milk. Sugar is also used as a food ingredient, added to processed foods for its sweet taste.

Consumption of added sugar has increased rapidly over recent years and is believed to contribute to rising rates of obesity, type II diabetes, and heart disease. (1,2)

High sugar foods to limit or avoid include puddings, milkshakes, ice-cream, fruit juices, sugary soda drinks, cakes (especially with frosting), candies, fruit yogurts, fast foods, cereal bars, and commercial cereals. In this list, both the grams of sugar and teaspoons of sugar is given. 1 teaspoon is equal to 4 grams of sugar.

For more information see the article of high carb foods to limit or avoid, or see the nutrient ranking of 200 foods high in sugar.

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Data Sources and References

  1. Sigala DM, Widaman AM, Hieronimus B, Nunez MV, Lee V, Benyam Y, Bremer AA, Medici V, Havel PJ, Stanhope KL, Keim NL. Sugar consumption, metabolic disease and obesity: The state of the controversy Nutrients. 2020 Dec 19;12(12):3893. doi: 10.3390/nu12123893. 33352724
  2. Fidler Mis N, Braegger C, Bronsky J, Campoy C, Domellöf M, Embleton ND, Hojsak I, Hulst J, Indrio F, Lapillonne A, Mihatsch W, Molgaard C, Vora R, Fewtrell M; ESPGHAN Committee on Nutrition:. Added Sugars and Cardiovascular Disease Risk in Children: A Scientific Statement From the American Heart Association J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 2017 Dec;65(6):681-696. doi: 10.1097/MPG.0000000000001733. 28922262
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