The hidden sugar in 16 surprising fast-food items

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Even juicy, beefy burgers can have surprising amounts of sugar in them. Hollis Johnson

Sugar has become a problem.

Americans consume 30% more sugar daily than we did three decades ago, according to the Obesity Society.

According to the World Health Organisation, the maximum daily amount of sugar consumed should be less than 10% of your daily caloric intake.

The WHO strongly recommends reducing that to 5%, or roughly 25 grams.

Avoiding it can be harder than you think.

We’ve found unassuming menu items at major food chains that have surprising amounts of sugar in them, many way above the daily recommended amount.

We’ve also ranked them from lowest sugar content to highest.

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title=”Taco Bell: XXL grilled stuft burrito”
content=”Total grams of sugar: 6

Per cent of recommended daily intake: 24%”
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permalink=”/#five-guys-single-cheeseburger-2″
title=”Five Guys: single cheeseburger”
content=”Total grams of sugar: 8.5

Per cent of recommended daily intake: 34%”
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permalink=”/#burger-king-bacon-and-cheese-whopper-3″
title=”Burger King: bacon and cheese Whopper”
content=”Total grams of sugar: 9

Per cent of recommended daily intake: 36%”
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permalink=”/#shake-shack-smokeshack-burger-4″
title=”Shake Shack: SmokeShack burger”
content=”Total grams of sugar: 11

Per cent of recommended daily intake: 44%”
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permalink=”/#mcdonalds-artisan-grilled-chicken-sandwich-5″
title=”McDonald’s: artisan grilled chicken sandwich”
content=”Total grams of sugar: 11

Per cent of recommended daily intake: 44%”
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[slide
permalink=”/#pret-a-manger-korean-bbq-pulled-pork-quinoa-bowl-6″
title=”Pret A Manger: Korean BBQ pulled pork quinoa bowl”
content=”Total grams of sugar: 17

Per cent of recommended daily intake: 68%”
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[slide
permalink=”/#arbys-kings-hawaiian-fish-deluxe-sandwich-7″
title=”Arby’s: King’s Hawaiian Fish Deluxe sandwich”
content=”Total grams of sugar: 19

Per cent of recommended daily intake: 76%”
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[slide
permalink=”/#panera-bread-fuji-apple-chicken-salad-8″
title=”Panera Bread: Fuji apple chicken salad”
content=”Total grams of sugar: 20

Per cent of recommended daily intake: 80%”
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[slide
permalink=”/#chipotle-salad-with-sofritas-brown-rice-fajita-veggies-corn-salsa-sour-cream-cheese-guacamole-and-dressing-9″
title=”Chipotle: salad with sofritas, brown rice, fajita veggies, corn salsa, sour cream, cheese, guacamole, and dressing”
content=”Total grams of sugar: 26.5

Per cent of recommended daily intake: 106%”
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[slide
permalink=”/#subway-sweet-onion-chicken-teriyaki-footlong-10″
title=”Subway: sweet onion chicken teriyaki footlong”
content=”Total grams of sugar: 32

Per cent of recommended daily intake: 128%”
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[slide
permalink=”/#chick-fil-a-11″
title=”Chick-fil-A:”
content=”Total grams of sugar: 32

Per cent of recommended daily intake: 128%”
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[slide
permalink=”/#dominos-small-bbq-hawaiian-pizza-with-ham-pineapple-and-onion-12″
title=”Domino’s: small BBQ Hawaiian pizza with ham, pineapple, and onion”
content=”Total grams of sugar: 33

Per cent of recommended daily intake: 132%”
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permalink=”/#wendys-apple-pecan-chicken-salad-13″
title=”Wendy’s: apple pecan chicken salad”
content=”Total grams of sugar: 40

Per cent of recommended daily intake: 160%”
image=”http://static.businessinsider.com/image/56a90cfb58c32378008b5a33/image.jpg”
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permalink=”/#starbucks-grande-non-fat-white-chocolate-mocha-with-no-whipped-cream-14″
title=”Starbucks: grande non-­fat, white chocolate mocha with no whipped cream”
content=”Total grams of sugar: 58

Per cent of recommended daily intake: 232%”
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[slide
permalink=”/#kfc-large-baked-beans-15″
title=”KFC: large baked beans”
content=”Total grams of sugar: 61

Per cent of recommended daily intake: 244%”
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[slide
permalink=”/#jamba-juice-16-ounce-orange-dream-machine-smoothie-16″
title=”Jamba Juice: 16-ounce ‘Orange Dream Machine’ smoothie”
content=”Total grams of sugar: 71

Per cent of recommended daily intake: 284%”
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