Many Twinkie lovers felt a shock when its manufacturer filed for bankruptcy early this year. The treat’s popularity has dropped as consumers have turned to more ‘health-conscious snacks’. A Twinkie has 18 grams of sugar per serving, but some of your favorite snacks could have more!
The American Heart Association recommends women get no more than 20 grams of sugar a day but some foods that seem healthy may pack more in a single serving! Do you drink an energy drink in the morning? Why not just down donuts! Some popular drinks have as much sugar as a half a dozen Krispy Kreme glazed donuts in a single can!
There is plenty of natural sugar in fruit, but beware of buying from the can. Even in light syrup, a one-cup serving of canned peaches can have 32 grams of sugar. A 6-ounce container of fruit-flavored yogurt can also set you back 32 grams!
A serving of salad dressing is generally a couple of tablespoons but if you’re heavy-handed, you could be eating a lot more. Some brands of fat-free French pack up to 42 grams a serving! To track your snacks check the sugar and the servings, or just opt for the Twinkie!
There's good news for those who do prefer Twinkies. Hostess announced it will continue making Twinkies, Ho-Ho’s, Ding-Dongs and other iconic products despite its chapter 11 filing.
(Sources: Huffington Post, American Heart Association, www.hostesscakes.com)