The amount of daily sugar intake in the United States is astonishing to say the least. As obesity tends to rise at a rapid rate, it should not be surprising to see the high daily intake of "extra" sugar (not natural sugar such as the sugar in fruits). The type of sugar in foods and beverages, whose primary ingredient is sugar, is consumed by an unbelievable amount of people. Not to mention the high carbohydrate foods which are loaded with sugar. The average daily amount of sugar intake according to the American Heart Association (AHA) for an adult is 22 teaspoons a day and for teenagers the average daily intake is 34 teaspoons!
The primary use of sugar is to give a person energy. Other than that, sugar is useless to the human body and in fact can cause numerous health problems. You should avoid sugary snakes such as cakes, pies and cookies at the top of the list for "bad carbs".
The best way to know how much sugar in a product is to look at the label. Every food product is required by the FDA to list the ingredients and the amount of each ingredient as well as the serving size. If a serving size is ½ cup and the sugar content on the label is 88 grams, then for each ½ cup of that snack you are consuming 88 grams of sugar!
When reading the nutritional food label on products, there is one thing you have to be careful about and that is the way sugar can be "hidden" by the use of another name that also means sugar. Names to watch for including raw sugar, fruit juice concentrate, high-fructose corn syrup, malt syrup or syrup, corn sweetener or corn syrup, molasses, honey, and raw or brown sugar. Pay attention to the ingredients with "-ose" such as dextrose, lactose, lactose, glucose, fructose, and maltose.
Too much sugar can cause a person several health problems. Let us look at a few that top the list.
It is never too late to change your sugar intake amount and start consuming less sugar and eating healthy foods. Your body will thank you!
Experts recommend you limit the amount of sugar you add to your food. For example, if you are having grapefruit for breakfast instead of putting three teaspoons on the grapefruit, cut back to one teaspoon. The AHA recommends you follow these guidelines for all types of added sugar, not just one type such as corn syrup.
The recommended daily amount of added sugar (such as the type you would put in your morning coffee) for women is 6 teaspoons or no more than 100 calories a day. The recommended daily amount of added sugar for men is 9 teaspoons or no more than 150 calories a day.
Cutting back your daily intake of sugar can be hard seeing how most people do not pay much attention to the sugar they are consuming through their food or adding to food and beverages.