The World Health Organization recommends sugar intake be only 5% of your total daily calories, although Dr. Francesco Branca, WHO’s director for nutrition, conceded 10% is more realistic.
The American Heart Association recommends no more that 8%.
That’s 6 teaspoons of sugar for women and 9 teaspoons, or 150 calories, for men. There’s 4 grams of sugar in a level teaspoon.
The average American gets 15% of their calories from sugar.
Heck, a cup of the milk in my refrigerator has 11 grams of sugar! One of my smoothee meal replacements has 10 – 12 grams without milk, but at least it’s replacing a meal; it’s not just a snack.
If you’re grabbing a caramel frappuccino, you could be drinking your 3 day allowance of sugar at one go! How many calories are you burning in a day?
I’m not saying don’t eat sugar. I love sugar. I don’t love all the chemical substitute’s hidden side effects. But it sure would be nice if the food in the grocery store wasn’t so laden with it.
What are your thoughts about sugar being added to food during processing?