There’s Sugar in my What?

If you remember my class about Carbohydrates, you’ll recall the stacks of sugar cubes that show the amounts of sugar in a variety of foods. is a great visual resource to see how sugar stacks up in drinks, snacks, and even meals. Every time I talk about that site it reminds me that sugar is in EVERYTHING! It’s not always added sugar but even so, sugar is sugar and we need to be mindful of eating too much of it.

I’ve begun to really think about the amount of teaspoons of sugar in foods, not just in grams. Thinking of eating spoonful after spoonful of sugar is a great deterrent (Mary Poppins aside) to eating those foods that seem like good fits but are really just sugar disguised products.

It’s so easy to figure out how many teaspoons of sugar from the grams. 4 grams = 1 teaspoon

Balance Bars

Even though Balance Bars generally have about 14g of protein, they can be surprisingly sugar-heavy.

180 calories, 20g carbs, 4g fiber, 12g sugar



¬†Sweet Baby Ray’s Original BBQ Sauce

2 tablespoons

70 calories, 17g carbs, 16g sugar

16g/4g = 4 TEASPOONS

There are 3 teaspoons in a tablespoon so over half of the serving size is sugar!


So the next time you’re looking at the label, take a look at the total amount of sugar that’s involved. It might surpise you!

Let us know the places you’ve found sugar hiding.