Most Americans are already, which means they are consuming double the upper limit of sugar recommended per day.
The American Heart Association published a study today indicating that 100g of sugar for women (6 teaspoons) and 150g (9 teaspoons) for men is the recommended amount.
The study defined added sugars as “sugars and syrups that are added to foods during processing or preparation, including sugars and syrups added at the table.”
“Although trial data are limited, evidence from observational studies indicates that a higher intake of soft drinks is associated with greater energy intake, higher body weight, and lower intake of essential nutrients,” which seems to make sense.
All you sugar fiends: don’t think about taking the easy way out by switching to artificial sweeteners, because there are a wide variety of health concerns that have been touched on already on my blog. Just play it smart and limit the amount of sugars in your diet to 100 or 150g max. And remember, one 12-ounce can of cola contains 8 teaspoons of added sugar, for 130 calories, according to the study.