High In Sugar: 5 Foods And Drinks You Never Expected

by John Griffith

When buying chocolate, donuts or pizza, most of us know that they aren’t the best choice for our health. They are usually high in sugar, fats, and carbs. Nonetheless, we do it knowingly. And while there is nothing wrong in enjoying such treats from time to time, the problem comes when we unknowingly consume foods and drinks high in sugar, fat, and carbs. And since we don’t know that these foods are high in sugar, we tend to consume more of them. You may be surprised to learn that some of your favorite “healthy” foods aren’t healthy at all. Let’s see which foods and drinks are surprisingly high in sugar.

Donuts are delish, but they are very high in sugar

person reaching for donuts

Foods and Drinks High In Sugar

While it’s not good to obsess over calories and labels, it’s a good idea to take a look from time to time. Sometimes just because food is marketed as healthy or low-fat and X calories per portion doesn’t mean it’s good for you. There are plenty of things that market themselves as good for you but are quite the opposite. Today we will look at some foods that aren’t really though to be high in added sugars, but are actually packed with it. Keep in mind that the recommended daily amount for men is 36 grams and 25 grams for women.

Just because food is marketed as healthy, doesn’t mean it’s good for you

brown sugar cubes up close

#Low-Fat Yogurt

Technically, these never market themselves as low-sugar. And while yogurt is a great probiotic and is highly nutritious, low-fat yogurts don’t really fall into that category. Weird, right? While some of the sugars in low-fat yogurt come from natural sources, that is not where the majority of sweetness comes from. Next to milk, the other most used ingredient in these foods is sugar. So, while you may be thinking you are cutting on some calories and enjoying a healthy treat, that may not be the case.

Opt out for normal yogurt, rather than low-fat versions

yogurt in a bowl with strawberries


We’ve all been left by the impression that fruit juice is as healthy as it can get. And that drinking juice alongside breakfast is one of the best things you can do. However, now we know that that is actually far from the truth. While juice contains some minerals and vitamins, it is much higher in sugar content than you may expect. Unless you are buying freshly squeezed juice or 100% fruit juice, other versions come in large doses of sugar and small doses of fiber. Some brands even have as much sugar as you would usually find in a Coke.

Most brands of juice are packed with sugar

ornage juice in a tall glass with a straw


Just like orange juice, cereals were seen as the epitome of a nutritious, healthy breakfast meal. However, while they may be delicious and a quick and easy option, many cereals are overflowing with added sugars. Your daily cereal choice can greatly impact your sugar consumption without you even noticing. Some brands contain around 12 grams of sugar per a small 34-gram serving size. Yikes!

Many cereals are overflowing with added sugars

bowl of cereal with cup of coffee on the side

#Energy Drinks

Well, this one may not be as surprising, but many people don’t know just how much sugar is hiding in sports and energy drinks. While we often reach to these drinks with the notion we will be getting an energy boost, we rarely sit to ask ourselves where is this boost coming from. Well, it comes from caffeine and sugar. It’s more than common for one serving to contain around 14 grams of sugar! These drinks were intended for people who have done a heavy, intense workout of 60 to 90 minutes and not for an average trip to work. It’s much better to use foods to fuel and energize our bodies than such drinks.

It’s more than common for one serving to contain around 14 grams of sugar

high in sugar man holding an energy drink in hand


We love a good sauce, however they are packed in hidden sugars. This includes ketchup, BBQ sauce, salad dressings and even pasta sauces. Store bought sauces contain a shocking amount of sugar, especially for products that are considered savory. Just two tablespoons of BBQ sauce has around 16 grams of sugar, which is around four teaspoons.

Two tablespoons of BBQ sauce has around 16 grams of sugar

bbq sauce with fried sweet potato fries

These were 5 foods and drinks that are surprisingly high in sugar. We hope you found this article useful. Now you know what to swap out from your diet or at least to watch out for when consuming these foods and drinks.

These were 5 foods and drinks that you should look out for

cake being poured with powdered sugar


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John Griffith

John Griffith is a young, passionate journalist. Writing has been John’s hobby ever since he was a boy. He has worked in some of the UK’s most successful news portals over the course of his professional career but found his forever home at Archzine.