Hidden Sugars: Where to Look

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The best way to avoid sugar-filled tomato sauces is really just to make your own. That way you can control the amount of sugar you use, or go the route of using other ingredients like fresh or dried herbs to enhance the flavor of your tomato sauce. This works for other tomato-based products as well such as adding basil or a dollop of sour cream to tomato soup.


As mentioned before, the lactose that occurs naturally in milk is unavoidable but it doesn't really add much sugar to your daily intake. The dairy products you really need to watch are yogurts, both frozen and refrigerated, and of course, ice cream.

Try a plain yogurt and you'll consume about 12 grams of sugar. If you opt for the more fun-sounding flavored yogurts you will be treating your body to almost 35 grams of sugar in a small package. Horizon Organic Fat-free Vanilla yogurt, one that is considered healthy by many, contains 24 grams of sugar per 6-ounce container.

Canned and Frozen Meals

Almost every packaged meal has to contain some sugar to help with the shelf-life and to improve the flavor of foods that have been refined. If you do a little detective work you will be able to find items that have 5 grams or less of added sugar, which is an acceptable meal item for a health-inclined family.