Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Limits of Healthy Sugar Intake

"Too much sugar not only contributes to obesity, but also is a key culprit in diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke, according to the American Heart Association.

The association warned last August that Americans need to cut back dramatically on sugar consumption, recommending that women eat no more than 100 calories per day of added processed sugar a day, or six teaspoons (25 grams), while men should keep it to just 150 calories of added processed sugar or nine teaspoons (37.5 grams)."
The amount of sugar added to processed foods may be higher than you think, making the daily calculation of sugar intake sometimes quite confusing!

"Several states, including New York and California, have weighed a tax on sweetened soft drinks to defray the cost of treating obesity-related diseases."

Sources: American Heart Association and

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1 comment:

  1. Now my question is what about natural sugars? Like the sugar that is already in fruits - does that count as in how much sugar intake we should have? I eat fruit all the time - and to be honest I would probably go over the sugar limit just by sucking down some pineapples and other sugar filled fruits. They are technically 'natural' sugars though, so if that still something I should cut back on?