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!