Americans are drowning (literally) in the sweet stuff. Read on to find out how nutrition pros limit their daily sugar intake. The first step comes by our knowledge of all the different sources of added sugars food manufacturers use in packaged food and beverage products. You can gain these insights by looking at–and reading–the Nutrition Facts on food packages before buying.
We’re eating 22 teaspoons of sugar, on average, every day–or two to three times as much added sugar as what health authorities recommend. Experts recommend that women eat no more than 6 teaspoons of added sugar per day and men should keep their sugar intake to less than 10 teaspoons. Not only is excess sugar intake increase your risk of becoming overweight or obese, it’s also linked to a variety of other health issues, from type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis and kidney stones.
The way nutrition pros curb their sugar intake is by identifying sugars used in processed foods and beverages. Use our infographic, 46 Sneaky Names for Sugar,” to help you identify added sugars in the ingredient lists so you can keep better tabs on sources of added sugars in your diet.
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