Monitoring your sugar intake is critical to maintaining a healthy diet. Overloading on sugar can have serious consequences, including weight gain, diabetes, and damage to your metabolism.
Added Sugars vs. Natural Sugars
The distinction between added sugars and natural sugars is important. Healthy foods like fruits and vegetables contain natural sugars, as well as fiber, water, and various micronutrients. These sugars are fine to consume.
Added sugars, however, are found in candies, sodas, and baked products. These sugars, like sucrose and high fructose corn syrup, should only be consumed in limited quantities. The average added sugar intake in the U.S. is 76.7 grams a day, almost 800% over the recommended daily amount for men.
According to the American Heart Association, the following are the maximum amounts of added sugar you should consume daily:
Men: 150 calories (9 teaspoons)
Women: 100 calories (6 teaspoons)
If you’re active, you can afford to consume a little more added sugar. But you should still be conscientious. When considering your diet, here’s a list of foods to limit:
- Soft drinks
- Fruit juices
- Baked goods
- Fruits canned in syrup
It’s difficult to avoid sugars in processed foods. Taking time to read the labels and know your limits is an important first step.
If you have questions about your diet or are experiencing symptoms related to sugar consumption, visit a BetterMed location near you.
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