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Foods That Sound Healthy But Actually Have More Fat Than A Twinkie

by Abby

You try to eat healthier...just to find that some of the "healthier" foods you're eating has a lot of empty calories. :(

SPAGHETTI SAUCE. There's a reason why that jar of Prego can taste as good as a home-cooked sauce from a nonna's kitchen: It has sugar in it. Loads of it. To be precise, just 1/2 cup of Prego Fresh Mushroom Italian Sauce has 11 g of sugar -- the same amount that's in a glazed Krispy Kreme donut. Eat this instead: If you read labels and compare brands, it is possible to find a sauce with no added sugar. Another alternative is to make your own spaghetti sauce from chopped canned tomatoes, olive oil, garlic, and a little dried basil.

YOGURT. Yogurt might seem like the ultimate health food, but you'd be surprised by how some flavors, like the Key Lime Pie-flavored Yoplait, can be as sugar-loaded as an actual slice of pie. The Yoplait has 29 g of sugar -- that's the equivalent of 1 1/2 Twinkies! It's worth noting that about 12 grams of sugar is from lactose, the natural sugar found in milk. Naturally occurring sugars like this aren't nearly as much of a concern as added sugars because they come packaged with a bundle of nutrients. What you really want to watch out for is added sugars. And yogurt -- especially those with fruit on the bottom -- is typically loaded with added sugars. Eat this instead: Sweeten plain Greek yogurt with a drizzle of honey and some fresh berries or sliced bananas.

SMOOTHIES. A 16-oz. White Gummy Bear at Jamba Juice contains 540 calories and depending on the size, anywhere from 40 to 110 g of sugar. Eat this instead: Make your own smoothies at home. You'll get all the nutrients of the fruits without the added sugar.

SPORTS DRINKS. Even if it's labeled vitamin water, an energy drink, or a sports drink, it can still be loaded with empty, sugar-filled calories. For example, sports drinks like Gatorade have 28 g of sugar per 20-ounce bottle. If you want to cut calories from your diet, skipping sugary beverages is an easy way to do it. Drink this instead: Water. I know it's not as flashy as a flavored drink, but those empty grams of sugar and calories are not worth it. And no, water does not include vitamin water. A 20-ounce Glaceau Vitamin Water has 32 g of sugar.

GRANOLA BARS. When you're on a health kick and decide to spend your Saturday morning hiking instead of sleeping in, the No. 1 snack that gets tossed into your backpack is a granola bar, right? Sitting on top of that mountain with the sun shining and sweat beading off your face gets even better when you bite into that satisfying snack. Yet that "healthy" bar isn't as good for you as you might think. Eat this instead: Reach for a graham cracker with some all natural peanut butter.