5 Things To Know About Your Sugar Intake

How much sugar do you eat each day?

If it's about five to six teaspoons per day and you're a woman, then you're in line with the American Heart Association's (AHA) recommendation for daily sugar intake. And if you're a man? About nine teaspoons is the daily recommended dose.

But what are the health risks associated with too much sugar? Below are a few fast facts to better understand sugar in your diet...

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1. How much sugar are we eating? Generally, there are 2,000 total recommended calories for the daily diet of an adult. 15 percent or 300 of the total daily calories was, on average made up of added sugars in 2010, according to reports.

2. What's the most recent news about the health implications of sugar? A new study published in JAMA Internal Medicine found that Americans who consumed the most sugar — about 25 percent of their daily calories — were twice as likely to die from heart disease as those who limited their sugar intake to 7 percent of their daily calories.

3. Is fruit included in that study? No. Researchers did not include the sugar naturally occurring in fruit or milk. Instead, they focused on added sugar — the refined sugars and corn syrups added to foods such as baked goods and sugary sodas.

4. What are added sugars? These are refined sugars and corn syrups that are added to foods or beverages when they are processed. Examples include maple syrup, honey, table sugar, high fructose corn syrup, molasses, and brown sugar. Sugars in milk and dairy products (excluding ice cream), fruit juice, and fruit don’t count as being “added sugars.”

5. How can I reduce my sugar intake? For some, it may be easier said than done but one quick way to reduce sugar consumption is cutting out that can of soda during lunch. Instead, try enjoying plain fizzy water with a citrus peel. When sipping that morning cup of coffee, try gradually using less and less sugar until you don't ad any more at all.

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