pasta sauce sugar

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At Dinner

Sugar hides in 2 common supper staples.

Toss: Store-bought marinara or pasta sauce. Just a 1/2 cup can have almost 6.5 grams of the sweet stuff.
Have This Instead: Either make your own (here are 6 quick and easy ideas) or scan the pasta aisle for no-sugar-added options.
Sugar Saved: If you're having pasta once a week and using 1/2 cup of sauce each time, you'll save yourself 338 grams of sugar each year. That's a little more than the amount you'd consume if you ate an entire 16-ounce tub of creamy vanilla frosting.

Toss: The ketchup you add to your burger or hot dog or dunk your fries in. One tablespoon packs 4 grams of sugar.
Have This Instead: Buy low-sugar ketchups, which usually have around 1 gram of sugar per tablespoon. You can also make your own–the simplest recipes take about an hour, but you can make a big batch and have it on hand for next time.
Sugar Saved: Burgers, dogs and fries are probably not a staple of your dinner rotation, but if you have them here and there throughout the year and replace regular ketchup with a low-sugar version, you'll save 6 grams of sugar for every 2-tablespoon serving. If you indulge this kind of meal once every two months, that's 36 gram of sugar out of your diet (the same amount you'd find in 1 1/2 bakery-made brownies.)