How many grams of Sugar per day?

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So after having watched the film Fed Up, I was curious about sugar in processed foods.

How much sugar are we consuming every day?

What is an ‘okay’ level of sugar to consume per day?

According to the American Heart Association, men and women should consume no more than 37.5 and 25 grams of added sugar (sugars not from fruits or vegetables) per day, respectively.

I believe most ‘servings’ from processed foods normally contain about 10-20g of added sugar.

So in just 2 Chips Ahoy cookies, or 2 tbsp. of ketchup, or 1 packet of natures path instant oatmeal, you are getting about half of your days worth of sugar. That is you are consuming about 10-15 grams of sugar when the MAXIMUM is 25 or 37.

The best thing to do is to avoid processed foods completely. Not just if you are trying to lose weight, but simply to stay healthy. (Just because you are skinny, doesn’t mean your body is happy on the inside.)

I can’t believe I never knew this before. I can’t believe I wasn’t taught this in school. The information is out there, often, we just don’t think to look for it.

So there’s the information. I wanted to share it with you. Hope you keep it in mind.

 

Resources:

http://authoritynutrition.com/how-much-sugar-per-day/

http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/GettingHealthy/NutritionCenter/HealthyEating/Added-Sugars_UCM_305858_Article.jsp

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