Sugar. It’s everywhere. You’ll not only find sugar in places you would expect—like cookies and candy—but it’s hiding in places you might not think of, like yogurt, ketchup and packaged foods that don’t even taste sweet. And those drinks that keep you going all day long? Chances are a majority of your daily sugar intake is coming from them.
The 2015-2020 U.S. Dietary Guidelines recommend adults limit the amount of sugar they consume each day to 10 percent of daily calories. For a 2,000-calorie diet, that equals about 50 grams or 12 teaspoons of sugar. The World Health Organization, which also used to recommend that sugar consumption be kept to a maximum of 10 percent of daily calories, now suggests only 5 percent of calories come from added sugar each day. That equals about 25 grams or 6 teaspoons of sugar. The American Heart Association also recommends that kids 2 to 18 years old eat no more than 6 teaspoons of added sugar a day.Read More