WAY TO WELLNESS #24
Despite all that is known about the harms of sugar, the average American consumes 17 teaspoons (68 grams) a day! The American Heart Association recommends limiting the amount of added sugars you consume. So how much should we have? Whether it’s a natural sweetener or not, women and children (ages 2-18) should aim to consume no more than 6 teaspoons (or 24 grams) per day and men should limit their sugar consumption to no more than 9 teaspoons (36 grams) per day.
Today, we challenge you to pause on your sugar/sweets intake to take a good hard look at your relationship with sugar. How much do you normally consume? Do you have a realistic idea? It’s in so many of the prepared foods and beverages that we consume and comes in so many different forms, so it can be VERY difficult to rein in. You may not even fully grasp how much sugar you are consuming. Food tracking apps like My Fitness Pal and SparkPeople are great for getting a baseline on your typical day. Track everything you eat for a few days and the app will tell you EXACTLY how much sugar content it had. Give the nutrition labels on some of the snack foods you regularly eat a little check. As a point of reference, 4 grams of sugar on a nutrition label equals 1 teaspoon. How much sugar do the foods you regularly consume contain? Are you surprised?