Sweetened food can not only widen your waistline, it can take a toll on your ticker, which is why the American Heart Association recommends consuming no more than 100 calories (about 25 grams) from added sugar daily. But the average American woman consumes more than three times that amount, says Kelly Grant, registered dietitian in Tucson, Ariz. "And syrupy sodas and candy bars are hardly the only culprits.” In fact, it's the surprisingly sugar-filled grocery store staples that can really derail you. Here are some of the worst offenders, along with some healthier substitutes.
Dried cranberries. “Dried cranberries tend to be sweetened with added cane sugar and research shows that this kind of added sugar in food is what tends to pile on extra pounds and lead to health problems,” explains Phoenix-based dietitian Michelle Dudash. “That’s why a single serving (1/3 cup) contains a whopping 30 grams of sugar. “