The Biggest Secret Source of Sugar

The Physicians Committee

The Biggest Secret Source of Sugar


There’s one big source of sugar that most people don’t know about: dairy. Many milk and yogurt products are loaded with sugar—sometimes more than a bowl of Lucky Charms or a bag of gummy bears!

Sugar Shockers:


Dairy Product Grams of Sugar Equivalent to
Low-fat milk 13g One serving of Lucky Charms with a Hershey’s Kiss on top
Chocolate milk 24g Pillsbury Apple Toaster Strudels (with icing)
Dairy Product Grams of Sugar Equivalent to
Activia Greek Raspberry yogurt 19g A 5 oz. bag of Haribo gummy bears
Yoplait Original Harvest Peach yogurt 26g Two Twix bars
Dannon Oikos Chocolate Covered Strawberry yogurt 30g A Snickers bar and a Hershey’s Kiss

Yoplait Trix Strawberry Punch

14g A Chocolate Frosted Donut with Sprinkles from Dunkin’ Donuts


Dairy products also contribute significant amounts of saturated fat to the American diet, which increases the risk of heart disease and other serious health problems. Ditching dairy and consuming more whole, plant-based foods reduces the dietary intake of fat and cholesterol as well as high fructose corn syrup and other added sugars. Learn more about the health concerns associated with dairy consumption at