Question:  Do you know how much sugar you’re eating, daily?

Facts:  Every 4 grams (gm) of sugar equals a teaspoon. 

  • The US Dept. of Agriculture recommends 12 teaspoons (48 gm) a day
  • The World Health Organization recommends 6 teaspoons  (25 gm)
  • The American Heart Association recommends 6 teaspoons for women (25 gm) and 9 for men (36 gm).

Even though expert recommendations vary, the average American is eating far too much sugar, 88 gm or 22 teaspoons a day!   The cause is greatly related to added sugars within a wide variety of soft drinks, juices, and processed junk foods and cereals.

For instance, a 12 oz. can of coke has 39 gm or 9.75 teaspoons of sugar! 

Challenge:  For one or more days, check food labels for the amount of sugar grams. Keep in mind that your total will not include whole foods; without labels, such as sweet potatoes that contain natural sugar!  Begin to select foods with 15 or less grams of sugar!

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