With the exception of the occasional cookie or candy binge, you might think you have fairly healthy eating habits—but there's more to a well-balanced diet than just counting calories or avoiding fatty foods. Sugar lurks in much less-obvious places than your kid's leftover birthday cake. The American Heart Association recommends that women eat no more than 24 grams of added sugar per day. But most of the "healthy" go-tos listed below are packed with more sugar than a Twinkie, meaning you're exceeding the AHA's guidelines with just one serving.


Granola has long been touted as a health food, but many of the most popular brands are no better than sugary kids' cereal. Some options include 26 grams of sugar in each cup. If you're looking to cut back, save yourself the sugar rush and replace the crunchy stuff with a serving of protein-rich nuts.

Fruit Juice

The benefits of fruit are just not the same in a concentrated liquid form. You're better off sticking to the fresh, solid stuff, because it still contains fiber. Some popular brands of apple juice pack in 28 grams of sugar per cup. Yikes!

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Low-Fat Yogurt

Yogurt always seems like a good choice with its low-fat and low-calorie claims. However, most popular yogurt brands have more sugar than the junk food you're actively trying to avoid. Stonyfield Organic Lowfat French Vanilla yogurt contains 21 grams per container, for example.

Dried Fruit

Just because it's fruit doesn't mean it's good for you. The majority of dried fruits contain more than 50 percent sugar. That handful of dried cranberries you sprinkle on your healthy salad packs in 26 grams.

Sweet Tea

The fact that "sweet" is in the name should be a giveaway, but tea is often viewed as a healthy beverage. And it can be—until all that sugar is added to make it taste better. For example, an 8-ounce serving of Arizona Southern Style Sweet Tea contains 23 grams of sugar. So if you opt for a bottle, consider it a treat!

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Kelly O’Sullivan is the senior editor for The Pioneer Woman and manages the website’s social channels, in addition to overseeing content strategy and news.