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8 Frozen Foods With the Most Sugar

It's much easier than you may think to load up your cart with all the wrong types of frozen foods. Here are some options you never want to buy.
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If there is section of the grocery store that feels like you're stepping into a vortex, transporting you to a far away land, it's the frozen foods aisle. There are just so many options and it's very easy to find yourself simply staring at endless amounts of colorfully packaged foods behind those glass doors. Hey, there are a lot of ice cream pints to choose from, we get it! But if you're trying your best to stay on track with your healthy eating goals, there are some frozen foods you don't want to ever toss into your shopping cart.

Some frozen foods are loaded up with sugar and too much of the sweet stuff is never a good idea.

See, The American Heart Association recommends men should consume no more than 36 grams of added sugar per day, and women shouldn't have more than 25 grams per day. That seems doable, right? Well, once you take a minute to give those nutrition labels on packaged foods a second look, you'll be shocked to see just how much sugar they're packing. You'll easily blow through that limit, and end up eating far too much sugar in one day.

The easiest way to best protect yourself from falling into these sugary traps is to keep away from these frozen foods that contain the most sugar. Check out the biggest culprits, and then go ahead and stock up on The 7 Healthiest Foods to Eat Right Now.

1

Ben & Jerry's Oat of This Swirled Ice Cream

Ben and jerrys Oat of This Swirled

Per pint: 1,250 calories, 79 g fat (42 g saturated fat, 2 g trans fat), 440 mg sodium, 124 g carbs (0 g fiber, 112 g sugar), 16 g protein

OK, so it really shouldn't come as much of  a surprise that a Ben & Jerry's ice cream pint is on this list. There are ice cream options that are better for you than others, and Oat of This Swirled is on the naughty list, as it's one of the ice cream pints packing the most sugar. It's made up of buttery brown sugar ice cream, fudge flakes, and oatmeal cinnamon cookie swirls. It's easy to see why this whole pint has more than 100 grams of sugar! You're much better off eating a bowl of actual oatmeal and sprinkling some cinnamon, fruit, and even a few chocolate chips in it to satisfy your sweet tooth in a much healthier way.

2

Marie Callender's Sweet & Sour Chicken

marie callenders swee and sour chicken

Per container: 550 calories, 15 g fat (2.5 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 1,060 mg sodium, 88 g carbs (4 g fiber, 28 g sugar), 17 g protein

This frozen meal from Marie Callender's is made of battered chicken that is tossed with vegetables, pineapple, and sweet and sour glaze sauce, all over rice. While it has a solid protein serving, it's packing 29 grams of sugar. Didn't expect to eat some chicken with nearly as much sugar as you would get if you ate three Original Glazed Donuts from Krispy Kreme, did you?

3

Cinnabon Frosting Filled Cinna Pastry

cinnabon cinnapastry

Per serving: 450 calories, 23 g fat, 10 g saturated fat, 430 mg sodium, 55 g carbs, (1 g fiber, 26 g sugar) 7 g protein

Cinnabon's Frosting Filled Cinnapastries might seem like the perfect solution if you're not able to head to the mall to get your Cinnabon fix. But just one serving (aka just one of these pastries) is loaded up with 26 grams of sugar. It's safe to say most people would be able to eat quite a few of these in one sitting

4

P.F. Chang's Orange Chicken

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Per serving: 410 calories, 13 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 910 mg sodium, 52 g carbs (5 g fiber, 33 g sugar), 19 g protein

Making actual P.F. Chang's dishes right at home sounds like a solid dinner option. But what you might not have noticed when you were ordering these meals in the actual restaurant is that they're sneakily sugar bombs. Take the orange chicken, for example. One serving of the frozen version has 33 grams of sugar, or as much as you would get from seven Oreo cookies. If you happen to eat this entire container yourself, you're looking at 71 grams of sugar…

5

Sara Lee Lemon Meringue Crème Pie

Sara lee lemon meringue pie

Per serving: 380 calories, 12 g fat (7 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 320 mg sodium, 63 g carbs (1 g fiber, 51 g sugar), 5 g protein

Oh, Sara Lee. While these pies that line the frozen aisle might catch your eye, just one serving of this lemon meringue crème pie has 51 grams of sugar. Pass!

If you're looking for more tips, your ultimate restaurant and supermarket survival guide is here!

6

Great Value Monte Carlo Breakfast Sandwich

great value breakfast sandwich

Per 1 sandwich: 420 calories, 19 g fat (8 g saturated fat), 1,120 mg sodium, 46 g carbs (1 g fiber, 19 g sugar), 17 g protein

When you're craving a frozen breakfast sandwich, knowing you can have one ready in minutes sounds pretty perfect. One bite of this sandwich and you're in for bacon, cheese, and strawberry jam between cinnamon French toast slices. Not only does it contain a shocking amount of sodium, but it's loaded up with 19 grams of sugar.

7

Blue Bunny Triple Chocolate Explosion Bunny Snacks

blue bunny bunny snacks

Per 2 bars: 410 calories, 22 g fat (17 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 160 mg sodium, 50 g carbs (2 g fiber, 34 g sugar), 4 g protein

These Blue Bunny snacks are small, so they look harmless compared to other ice cream options. The triple chocolate explosion flavor is, dare we say, lethal. It's made up of a chocolate chip cookie that is filled with chocolate frozen dairy dessert, brownie fudge sauce, and has chocolate cookies pieces covered with chocolate flavored coating drizzled with chocolaty ribbon.

Just let that sink in.

And now we hit you with the harsh reality: Each pack of two cookies is more than 400 calories, and has more sugar than you would get if you ate one and half Hershey's chocolate bars.

8

Marie Callender's Confetti Birthday Cake Cream Pie

marie callenders birthday cake
Courtesy of Marie Callender's
Per serving: 530 calories, 34 g fat (19 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 350 mg sodium, 50 g carbs (0 g fiber, 36 g sugar), 5 g protein

Marie Callender's strikes again, this time with a birthday cake you don't actually have to bake. We know, a no bake cake is a dream come true. But this confetti birthday cake cream pie is nothing to celebrate, as it's high in sugar, calories, and fat. You're consuming as much sugar as you would get from three and a half Old Fashioned Donuts from Dunkin' if you eat one slice. Big yikes.

Jennifer Maldonado
Jennifer Maldonado is a senior editor at Eat This, Not That!, specializing in food and health content. Read more
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