Food for Thought – How Sweet is TOO Sweet?

According to the American Heart Association, American women should consume no more than six teaspoons of added sugar per day, and American men should consume no more than nine teaspoons of added sugar per day in order to promote health.  There are four grams found in one teaspoon of sugar, so the quantities above total 24 grams of added sugar for women and 36 grams of added sugar for men.  There are two types of sugars prevalent in the food we eat: naturally occurring sugars and added sugars.  Naturally occurring sugars are, well, naturally occurring.  They’re the sugars that are found in foods like raw fruit.  However, added sugars, such as high fructose corn syrup, are incorporated into foods during processing.  Below is a list found on the American Heart Association’s website that includes added sugars that can potentially end up in our food (Sugar):

  • Brown sugar
  • Corn sweetener
  • Corn syrup
  • Fruit juice concentrates
  • High-fructose corn syrup
  • Honey
  • Invert sugar
  • Malt sugar
  • Molasses
  • Raw sugar
  • Sugar
  • Sugar molecules ending in “ose” (dextrose, fructose, glucose, lactose, maltose, sucrose)
  • Syrup

Do you feel as though you’re right on target with the amount of added sugars you eat?  Do you consume more or less than the recommended allotment of added sugars?  Please let me know!

Until Next Week… Plan Well, Pack Well, Live Well,

Katie 🙂

Works Cited

Sugar 101. 19 Nov. 2014. American Heart Association Incorporated, 2015. Web. 27 Jan. 2015. <http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/GettingHealthy/NutritionCenter/HealthyDietGoals/Sugar-101_UCM_306024_Article.jsp#.VnsXJzZlm9Y>

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2 thoughts on “Food for Thought – How Sweet is TOO Sweet?

  1. El

    Wow, I did not know that 4 grams is only 1 teaspoon of sugar. I’m going to really try and keep track of whether or not my added sugar intake is above or below the 24 gram benchmark. Thank you for this food for thought, you always make a difference!

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