Excess sugar consumption is the leading cause of obesity especially in the developed countries. So, Just how much sugar is too much and what amount is safe?
What Foods Have Too Much Sugar
Many foods we eat on a daily basis contain a lot of sugar this does’t mean just junk food. If you are trying to get your sugar intake under control then you should stop eating junk food and drinking soda right away. It doesn’t matter if it is a pack or gum or a bar of chocolate, they all contain excess sugar which your body really does not need. Soda is one of the worst things you could be having on a daily basis. One can of soda contains way more sugar than you would need in any one day and the worse thing is that many people go through more than one can a day.
If you have bad junk food habits you will notice a dramatic lose of weight within a couple of weeks of stopping them. However, even if you through away the junk food you are still probably eating too much sugar. Sugar is hidden in many foods we thing are healthy.
Foods like breakfast cereal and muesli bars are notorious for the amount of sugar they contain. But many people think they are healthy! They often trick people with their boxes which say high in vitamins or low in fat, but they contain far too much sugar. If you want to control how much sugar you eat per day, you also need to avoid many cereals, muesli bars, fruit juices and many foods high in sugar content.
Here Is A Good Tip
Learn to read food labels and make it into a habit. It is impossible to tell if something is healthy by just looking at the front of a package. For example, A yogurt you buy may say 20% less fat, but it also may contain 50% percent more sugar. Finding the healthiest foods to eat is only done when you know how to properly read food labels.
So How Much Sugar Per Day Should I Be Eating?
According to The American Heart Association (AHA) the average person should be eating the following amount of sugar:
- Adult Men: 36 grams or 9 teaspoons
- Adult Women: 20 grams or 5 teaspoons
- Children: 12 grams or 3 teaspoons