Added sugar is everywhere! You might expect to find it in fizzy drinks (soda), chocolate and cakes, but you might be surprised by some of the other places food manufacturers are sneaking it into your diet.

Here are just 7 foods you may be surprised to know have added sugar.

Waitrose Taiko Sushi

How many ways are there to add sugar to sushi? Waitrose have found a few with their Taiko sushi. The sushi rice has 3 different sugars added: sucrose, fructose-glucose syrup (also known as High Fructose Corn Syrup) and cane molasses.

As if that wasn’t enough, their vegetable sushi also has sugar added to the tofu, the pickled ginger (Tapioca Starch Syrup), the wasabi (Reduced Starch Syrup) and then it is also added to the finished product itself.

Marks & Spencer Quinoa & Edamame Salad

This isn’t just added sugar, this is M&S added sugar and it’s in the salad itself alongside honey, fructose and concentrated pomegranate juice. They’ve put some sugar in the soy sauce too.

Eat Natural Almond and Apricot Bar

The largest ingredient in this ‘Eat Natural’ product is a yoghurt ‘flavour’ coating; the second largest ingredient in the coating is sugar. That is not the only added sugar in this bar. Lurking elsewhere on the ingredients list are glucose syrup, honey and finally more sugar (added to the crisped rice).

Asda Chosen by You Coconut Water

Some brands of coconut water contain just one ingredient: coconut water.

Asda Chosen by You Coconut Water is not one of them. This product has added grape sugar. This added sugar may only be 1% of the product, but in a 1 litre carton that is still about 3 teaspoons of added sugar.

Asda’s is not the only coconut water with added sugar either, so it is always important to check the label.

7 Foods You Won't Expect to Have Added Sugar (But They Do)

Tesco Finest Smoked Chicken

I know it sounds crazy, but even chicken has added sugar these days.

I can’t imagine many people sitting down to eat a piece of fresh chicken and sprinkling sugar on top, yet many pre-cooked chicken products I reviewed had sugar added to them.

For its ‘Finest’ range, Tesco have opted to add for ‘light brown soft sugar’ to its chicken.

Glorious! Skinnylicious New England in Autumn, Butternut Squash Soup

Surely a soup called ‘skinnylicious’ doesn’t have added sugar, does it?

Well, there is added sugar in the soup itself and also in some of the mango chutney listed as one of it’s ingredients. Does a sweet, roasted butternut squash really need added sugar?

Tyrrells Crinkly Mixed Root Vegetable Crisps

On the Tyrrells’ website these crisps are described as ‘hand cooked in England’ and made from ‘Sweet, earthy root veg cut to a thick and gratifying crinkle… goodness!’

If they are made from sweet root vegetables do they really need added sugar? Tyrrells seem to think so.


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