You love your strawberry-kiwi yogurt
It’s true that yogurt has protein and probiotics—both great qualities. But the kind of yogurt you choose makes a big difference. A fruit-flavored yogurt from Yoplait has 18 grams of sugar—over 4 teaspoons. If you like to add toppings to your yogurt, you could be adding even more sugar. For instance, a quarter-cup of granola has about 6 grams of sugar, adding another 1½ teaspoons of sugar to your “healthy” breakfast. Reach for plain Greek yogurt instead and add your own fresh fruit and nuts. It has much more protein than the fruity varieties, and only about three grams of sugar per half-cup serving. Here are healthy breakfast mistakes you might be making.
You’re smitten with Starbucks
Coffee itself does not have any sugar, but all bets are off with the specialty drinks at Starbucks. A grande latte flavored with syrup comes with 35 grams of sugar, or about 8 teaspoons. A grande Chai Tea Latte will set you back 42 grams of sugar. That’s 10 teaspoons! For perspective, the American Heart Association recommends limiting added sugars to about 9 teaspoons per day for men, about 6 teaspoons per day for women. Go for black coffee, or add just a dash of milk or cream to avoid the sugar bombs in blended coffee drinks. If you’re craving more flavor, try a sprinkle of cocoa powder or cinnamon—or both! Neither has any sugar by itself.