Too much sugar is not good for you. You probably already knew that, but how much is too much?
The American Heart Association suggests that women limit sugar intake to 100 calories, or 6 teaspoons, a day, and that men should limit their consumption to 150 calories, or 9 teaspoons. To put those numbers in perspective, one 12-ounce can of cola has 130 calories, or 8 teaspoons. Americans are currently taking in an average of 22 teaspoons of sugar per day.
It’s not only the consumption of high sugar foods and beverages we have to consider, but the essential nutrients we are lacking when we replace healthy foods with empty calories.
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