11 Foods With Enough Sugar To Shock You

11 Foods With Enough Sugar To Shock You

Do you know where added sugars are hiding in your diet?

Today, added sugars are everywhere. It's hard to escape them completely, and while the recommended daily intake for women is 25g and 36g for men, many of these foods will max you out with just one serving. Read on to learn just how much sugar is lurking in your pantry.

1. Granola bars

Some granola bars contain up to 25g of sugar. That's as much sugar as a Hershey bar! Not all granola bars are this bad. Regardless, granola is generally very easy to make yourself and you can control exactly what goes into it. That would be the best option if you need some granola in your life.

2. Yogurt

Yogurt is a healthy snack between meals and a healthy breakfast, too, right? WRONG. Activia Probiotic Greek Nonfat Vanilla Yogurt has a whopping 20g of sugar in just one serving. The best option for your yogurt necessities is definitely a non-fat, plain yogurt. Read your labels to ensure you're not getting tricked by this health scam!

3. Fruit juices

One glass of Welch's Grape Juice will have you consuming a whopping 36g of sugar. The fiber in real fruit counteracts the sugars within them, making the body slow down when processing them. Juice strips the fruits of this fiber, which means that sugar is all processed very rapidly. If you want a little fruit boost in your day, try eating whole fruits instead!

4. Pop/Soda

One Coke can't be that bad, surely... You'd be wrong again. One 12oz. serving of Coca-Cola contains 39g of added sugar. For a female, that's 14g over the entire recommended daily intake. If you cut one thing out of your diet after reading this, let it be this.

5. BBQ sauce

The serving size of most sauces is 2 tbsp, but even at that unreasonably low number (who only eats 2 tbsp of any sauce, especially BBQ?), Sweet Baby Ray's will have you consuming 16g of sugar in a short time. YIKES. Beware your sauces, and always read the label to find the best option.

6. Teas

Many bottled teas have at least 11g of sugar, but one weighs in at 69g! That's right, it's the Extra Sweet Pure Leaf Iced Tea. Tea may seem like a harmless choice, but stick to brewing your own and drinking it unsweetened. If you can't, look for teas that have a natural sweetness to them.

7. Red pasta sauce

Soiled again with the added sugars. Most pasta sauces have around 7g of sugar, but some clock in at a huge12g. This is for a half cup serving! One of these sauces is Chunky Ragu, Tomato, Garlic, and Onion.

8. Ice cream

Obviously, ice cream has a lot of sugar. That's what makes it so yummy! But just how much does it contain? In one serving of Häagen-Dazs Salted Caramel ice cream, there's a massive 29g of sugar. This may not be shocking at first — until you consider that this is 4g over the recommended added sugar intake for an ENTIRE DAY for women and just 7g under the recommended sugar intake for men.

9. Soup

Soups may seem like the better option when counting calories, but it's important to know where those calories come from. In Campbell’s Slow Kettle Style Tomato & Sweet Basil Bisque, there are 24g of sugar per serving!

10. Instant oatmeal

Instant oatmeal might seem like a quick and healthy breakfast solution, but not always. Oatmeal is beneficial for your diet, but not with 21g of sugar per serving! We're looking at you, McCann's Quick & Easy Steel Cut Irish Oatmeal in Apple Cinnamon.

11. Sports drinks

The premise behind sports drinks may be good for hardcore athletes, but for the average person, they're packed with unnecessary amounts of sugar. A 20 oz. bottle of Gatorade contains 34g of sugar, which will definitely not help you obtain your desired physique.

Whether you feel enlightened after this or not, reading the labels on the things you're putting on your body can be a great way to start leading a healthier life. Added sugars in our foods are a huge problem in the U.S. right now, and being educated is the first step to being a more health-conscious you. Now go on with your bad self and see where you can start cutting out excess sugar in your diet!

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Everything You Will Miss If You Commit Suicide

The world needs you.

You won't see the sunrise or have your favorite breakfast in the morning.

Instead, your family will mourn the sunrise because it means another day without you.

You will never stay up late talking to your friends or have a bonfire on a summer night.

You won't laugh until you cry again, or dance around and be silly.

You won't go on another adventure. You won't drive around under the moonlight and stars.

They'll miss you. They'll cry.

You won't fight with your siblings only to make up minutes later and laugh about it.

You won't get to interrogate your sister's fiancé when the time comes.

You won't be there to wipe away your mother's tears when she finds out that you're gone.

You won't be able to hug the ones that love you while they're waiting to wake up from the nightmare that had become their reality.

You won't be at your grandparents funeral, speaking about the good things they did in their life.

Instead, they will be at yours.

You won't find your purpose in life, the love of your life, get married or raise a family.

You won't celebrate another Christmas, Easter or birthday.

You won't turn another year older.

You will never see the places you've always dreamed of seeing.

You will not allow yourself the opportunity to get help.

This will be the last sunset you see.

You'll never see the sky change from a bright blue to purples, pinks, oranges, and yellows meshing together over the landscape again.

If the light has left your eyes and all you see is the darkness, know that it can get better. Let yourself get better.

This is what you will miss if you leave the world today.

This is who will care about you when you are gone.

You can change lives. But I hope it's not at the expense of yours.

We care. People care.

Don't let today be the end.

You don't have to live forever sad. You can be happy. It's not wrong to ask for help.

Thank you for staying. Thank you for fighting.

Suicide is a real problem that no one wants to talk about. I'm sure you're no different. But we need to talk about it. There is no difference between being suicidal and committing suicide. If someone tells you they want to kill themselves, do not think they won't do it. Do not just tell them, “Oh you'll be fine." Because when they aren't, you will wonder what you could have done to help. Sit with them however long you need to and tell them it will get better. Talk to them about their problems and tell them there is help. Be the help. Get them assistance. Remind them of all the things they will miss in life.

If you or someone you know is experiencing suicidal thoughts, call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline — 1-800-273-8255

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I Am 9,170 Miles Away But I Still Choose To Stand In Solidarity With The People Of Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka has its own flaws and imperfections, but what I've learned is that even on our darkest days, no one can take away faith and solidarity.


April 21, 2019. Easter Sunday.

I was devastated to wake up on Sunday morning to a series of missed calls and texts from friends asking whether my friends and family were affected by the terrorist attacks in Sri Lanka. I was shocked to read all of the news about the bombings in various churches and hotels that I'd visited on my trips to Sri Lanka. I remember wandering around the Cinnamon Grand Hotel in middle school hoping to get a glimpse of internationally famous cricket players like Lasith Malinga and Kumar Sangakkara.

Now, this hotel where I associated happy memories of staying up until 5 a.m. to watch the World Cup and running around with my brother is one of the 6 locations in Sri Lanka that was bombed on Easter.

Sri Lanka is a country that most of my peers have never heard of. It brings a smile to my face when I'm able to talk about the amazing experiences I've had on this island nation. I'm able to talk about how I almost got run over by an elephant during a safari in Yala National Park, how I took surfing lessons at Arugam Bay, and how I climbed all the way up Mount Sigiriya when I was 4 years old. All of these experiences have shown me the beauty of the people, the nature, the animals, and the culture of Sri Lanka. While there is so much to appreciate, there is also so much to acknowledge about its recent history.

In 2009, the 30-year civil war finally came to an end. I remember going to my parents' room when I was nine, and watching live streams of people in the streets celebrating that the war had finally ended. This was a war that caused the majority of my family to flee the country to avoid the violence and destruction. Now, almost ten years after the war ended, there was a coordinated attack on churches and hotels that led to the murder of over 300 innocent citizens and wounded around 500 people.

Sri Lanka isn't perfect, but it's roots and culture have made me who I am today. Even though I wasn't alive during the majority of the war, it has left a lasting impact on my family. My mom had to go by herself to Russia, without any prior Russian language experience, to avoid being in the middle of the war. She now speaks English, Russian, Tamil, and Sinhalese. I had other family members who fled to places like New Zealand, Nigeria, Canada, and Australia.

Because of the war, I have family all over the world who can speak Mandarin, Arabic, Dutch, Malay, French, Russian, and so many more languages. Being Sri Lankan has given me an international perspective on the world around me and has given me the insight to look past cultural differences. Instead of going to shopping malls with my cousins like my friends in the US do, I meander through bazaars in Singapore and Malaysia or go dune-bashing in the United Arab Emirates.

When people look at me, they never think that my last name could be Paul. Shouldn't it be something that is hard to pronounce or something much longer? My last name dates back to 1814 when missionaries from Williams College traveled all the way to villages in the Northern parts of Sri Lanka to share God's love. My great great great grandfather studied in one of the many Christian schools and his faith has been passed down from generation to generation. No matter how dark things got during the war, faith is what kept my family going.

Though Sri Lanka has faced adversity over the years, it continues to grow stronger. Through violence, hurricanes, government corruption, and internal conflicts, Sri Lanka continues to push through. Sri Lanka has its own flaws and imperfections, but what I've learned is that even on our darkest days, no one can take away faith and solidarity.

So today—9,170 miles away—I stand with the people of Sri Lanka.

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