It’s in almost everything – even salad dressing, low-fat yogurt, and granola. We’re not talking about naturally occurring sugars found in fruit for example, we’re talking about added sugars.
Nutritionists suggest consuming only 10% of our calories from sugar. This translates to about 13 teaspoons per day, based on a daily budget of 2,000 calories. On average however, Americans consume almost 152 pounds of the sweet stuff every year. This equates to roughly three pounds per week, or 41 teaspoons per day!
With multiple names for added sugars like malt syrup, fructose, high-fructose corn syrup, glucose, sucrose, and dextrose, it can be tricky to pinpoint the exact sugary source in our food without closer examination of food labels.
There are known and some lesser-known, surprising benefits to putting less sugar in our bodies. According to a recent health.com article, your skin can even benefit from removing sugar from your diet.
As with most healthy efforts in January, it’s no wonder that the desire to reduce sugar is on the rise. If you’re looking for fat loss, extra energy, and a healthier system, cutting back on sugar is a great goal this year – especially with Valentine’s day around the corner and the plethora of sugary chocolate that comes with it.
Like your coffee creamy and sweet? The American Heart Association’s website states
Beverages are the leading category source of added sugars (47% of all added sugars), with coffee and tea at 7% added sugars.
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