Sugar Alert: The 9 Worst 'Healthy' Breakfast Foods

Avoid these sugar-bombs masquerading as health food (10 Photos)

Leslie Goldman on Dec 21, 2011 at 10:15AM

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Sugar Alert: The 9 Worst 'Healthy' Breakfast Foods

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A Small Vanilla Latte and a Raisin Bran Muffin

Most of us without a nutrition degree would consider anything with "bran" in the title an angelic choice, but it's a culinary wolf in sheep's clothing. Paired with a surprisingly sugar-packed latte, you're getting 93 g of sugar—more than you should eat in four days. Fill your belly with Au Bon Pain's Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal instead; the yummy comfort food provides soluble fiber which, as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol, may lower your LDL cholesterol (the "bad" kind) and reduce your risk of heart disease. Pair it with a skim latte: "Each time your barista pumps vanilla flavoring into your cup, picture 5 g of sugar being squirted into your body,"says Chicago nutritionist Dawn Jackson Blatner, RD, author of The Flexitarian Diet (McGraw-Hill, 2008).  

Sugar equivalent: 40 Hershey's Kisses!

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