You will probably find some of your favorite foods on this list. Before you huff and puff, remember the old adage— everything in moderation! The American Heart Association recommends limiting added sugars to 36 grams a day for men and 24 grams for women. That’s a reasonable goal considering that foods high in sugar can cause weight gain, metabolic issues, and more bad news for your heart.
Eat a carton of flavored yogurt and you might as well eat a candy bar. “Despite the small carton size and association as a healthy food, a typical low-fat strawberry yogurt can contain 26 grams of sugar per serving,” says Jennifer Jackson, MD, of Ascension Via Christi Health. Opt for plain yogurt, which has zero added sugar—or Greek yogurt, with nearly twice the amount of protein—and add your own fresh fruit, plus a hanful of nuts for healthy fats and staying power.