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Where sugar loves to hide in your food

Caroline Del Col

Did you know? People in the United States consume an average of ⅓ cup of added sugar per day — three times as much as the recommended daily allowance. Why?

Added sugar has suddenly ended up in so many packaged foods today. Ones you wouldn’t even think of — like your salad dressing, ketchup and pasta sauce. The good news is better options are out there! And with a quick scan of the nutrition facts label and ingredient list you can easily make a swap.” — Kim McDevitt, RD, MPH, Merryfield dietician


Most versions of this condiment are sugar landmines, packing as much as 1 teaspoon or more of added sugar into every serving,

SMARTER CHOICE: Primal Kitchen Ketchup has no sugar added.

SURPRISING SOURCE: Salad Dressings and Marinades Savory sauces can be surprisingly high in sugar with up to 2 teaspoons per serving!

SMARTER CHOICE: Primal Kitchen’s extensive collection of salad dressings and marinades has no added sugar at all.

SURPRISING SOURCE: Tomato Sauce Sugar is often listed as the first ingredient in many popular varieties of this pasta partner, which can contain as much as 4 teaspoons of sugar per serving.

SMARTER PICK: Rao’s Homemade Sauces have no added sugar!


You can find 2 teaspoons of added sugar per serving of certain crackers.

SMARTER PICKS: Crackers from Crunchmaster and Hu Kitchen don’t sneak in extra added sugars.

SURPRISING SOURCE: Jam and preserves

Okay, so it's not surprising that these sweet spreads can be crammed with added sugar, but some are worse than others!

SMARTER PICK: Crofter’s Organic creates delicious, organic options with 33% less sugar than traditional brands.

Want to learn more about which sugars are smarter than others? Be sure to read Kim McDevitt's expert take on it.

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