Cut Down on Sugar — and Feel Better!

Do you eat too much added sugar? The answer is probably yes. The American Heart Association (AHA) recommends no more than 6 teaspoons (25 grams) of added sugar per day for women and 9 teaspoons (38 grams) for men. And yet, most Americans eat about 10 to 20 teaspoons of added sugar a day! Sugars can occur naturally in foods such as fruits and vegetables, grains, and dairy, but sugars and syrups that are added to foods and beverages, usually to add flavor, are truly the source of the sugar overconsumption. To reduce sugar consumption, read food labels and keep an eye out for any ingredient that ends in “-ose.” Be sure to also look out for corn sweetener, corn syrup, and molasses. Pay attention to the total grams of sugar per serving as well, which includes added sugar, and the serving size.