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Originally published Wednesday, September 23, 2009 at 12:12 AM

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Test your knowledge of sugary foods

This quiz will test your knowledge of foods that have lots of sugar.

Sacramento Bee

We're consuming way too much sugar, according to the American Heart Association. The organization says we should limit our intake of added sugars to no more than 25 grams per day for women and 36 grams for men.

Take our quiz on added sugars, gleaned from nutritionist Monica Reinagel at

1. True or false: Reinagel says that so-called "natural" sugars such as honey count as "added" sugars because the nutritional and metabolic impacts are similar to refined sugars.

2. The primary source of added sugars for most Americans is:

a) pastries

b) soft drinks

c) bread

d) ice cream

e) granola

3. Which ingredients on processed foods should we look for on packages to check for added sugar:

a) corn sweetener, corn syrup, high fructose corn syrup

b) dextrose, glucose, sucrose


c) honey, malt syrup, molasses

d) all of the above

e) none of the above

4. Which summertime food favorites contain significant amounts of added sugar:

a) barbecue sauce

b) pork and beans

c) salad dressing

d) all of the above

e) none of the above

5. According to the USDA, which breakfast item contains the most added sugar:

a) jelly doughnut

b) cinnamon raisin bagel

c) cinnamon roll with raisins

Answers: 1. true; 2. b; 3. d; 4. d; 5. c (roll: 27 grams; doughnut 18.7 grams; bagel: 3.9 grams).


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