AHA recommends reduced intake of sugar

September 10, 2009

The American Heart Association just announced it’s recommendation to reduce the intake of added sugars most people consume in their diet. According to the new recommendations, women shouldn’t consume more than 100 calories (about 25 grams) of added sugars a day; men, 150. This averages out to about 6 teaspoons for women, and 9 teaspoons for men.

To give you a little perspective, a statement from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey conducted from 2001-2004 found the average intake of added sugars among Americans was 22.2 teaspoons (355 calories) a day.

Ouch.

Check it out, and as always, be healthy 🙂

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One Response to “AHA recommends reduced intake of sugar”

  1. Allison Says:

    Here is a little tidbit to add…A 20 ounce bottle of soda contains up to 15 teaspoons of sugar!!! GROSS!! Try to cut out the soda from your diet and if you desire a carbonated beverage…flavored seltzer does the trick!! If that is not sweet enough for your taste yet, try adding just a SPLASH (yes, very little) of 100% juice, such as cranberry or orange.


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