How Much Sugar is Hiding in Everything You Love to Eat [Infographic]


According to this know-it-all guide, the average American consumes 22.2 teaspoons of sugar per day. That’s more than four times the suggested intake for women, more than twice that for men and nearly eight times that for kids. So, where’s the sugar rush coming from?

Everything, apparently. Your Oreo is hiding more than 3 grams of sugar. That apple? 23 grams. Coca Cola? 39 grams. A grande Starbucks Vanilla Frapp? 59 grams. And that Dr Pepper Slurpee you’re about to nosh on? 225 grams. When you see the numbers, it’s easy to understand how everything we eat within a day adds up. However, just know that not all sugar is created equal. So the sugar added to soda is not the same as the natural sugar found in fruit.

For those still interested, get the scoop on all your favorite eats below and prepare for a serious toothache.


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Charisma has an undying love for gritty literature and drinks coffee like water. She also hails from Toronto, Canada and is a die-hard Maple Leafs fan, sigh.

  • andreea

    Its very difficult to believe that by having an apple a day you actually get your allowed dosage of sugar. This article should make a clear distinction between fructose and actual sugar , or sweetener- which are all metabolized differently by the body. In no universe will eating more apples be higher correlated with diabetes, compared with eating oreos.

  • Jarrod Craft

    this ‘know it all’ guide knows ‘nothing’ and really only confuses people on what they should be eating. it would have been good to have posted only junk food items perhaps if they werent going to explain the differences in fructose/sucrose. the nutritional benefits of eating whole fruit should never be downplayed like they are here and as andreea says, in no world is a twinkie a better option for an apple.

  • Chelsea Fullington-Egli

    To be fair, fruit is a natural source of sugar — junk food is a source of refined sugar, which your body treats completely differently. Sugar from fruits and vegetables = good. Sugar from twinkies and ice cream = bad.

  • Erin

    Sorry Kid, you can have 3/4′s of this banana and nothing else to eat or drink today??????

  • Simmie

    This article is very misleading and doesn’t differentiate Berwyn natural sugars that are good for us and things like dextrose and white sugars which are not.

  • Paige Einstein

    This is misleading information. The American Heart Association recommends that women consume no more than 6 teaspoons of ADDED sugar per day, and men no more than 9 teaspoons. Added sugars are those that are added to a product during processing. All of the sugar in an Oreo, for example, is added and would count towards your daily limit. The sugar you would get in baby carrots or a banana (or any other fresh fruit or vegetable or unsweetened dairy product for that matter) is naturally occurring and does not fall into the 6-9 teaspoon recommended daily sugar limit. We need to be eating more fruits and vegetables and less foods that contain ADDED sugar.

  • Aunt Pee

    I know everybody’s having a fit about added sugar and naturally-occurring sugar, but for a diabetic it’s all the same. I haven’t been able to eat fresh fruit for YEARS because of the carbohydrates.