“Healthy” Foods That Have More Sugar Than A Donut

Donuts seem like the epitome of sugary pastries. These desserts are often demonized for causing type 2 diabetes and heart illnesses, but in reality, most don’t contain that much sugar. An average Krispy Kreme glazed donut has only 10 grams of sugar, while a jelly-filled one has closer to six grams.

Many other foods have more sugar than donuts–even “healthy” ones. From nonfat yogurt to sauces to salad dressings, these products aren’t spared from sweetness. You may be shocked at these healthy foods that have more sugar than a donut.

Granola Bars

A person compares a granola bar to the package.
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According to a New York Times survey, around 70% of Americans deem granola bars as “healthy.” But you need to check the nutrition facts to make sure that the bar isn’t loaded up on sugar. For instance, Kellogg’s Special K bar has around 15 grams of sugar, which is more than a Dunkin’ donut. The Kind Bar with Almonds, Apricots, and Yogurt has 16 grams of sugar!

“I’ve seen bars with as much as 25 grams of added sugar, which is ludicrous,” says Registered Dietitian Andy Bellatti. Fortunately, there are some healthy bars out there. Bellatti recommends avoiding added sugars such as high fructose corn syrup.