How Much Sugar Is Okay To Eat?
Recently, sugar — and how much we’re consuming — has been making headlines. When it comes to heart health (and overall health) butter used to be the bad guy. Not anymore. Now, all eyes are on sugar — and, in particular, added sugar. The problem isn’t necessarily sugar itself. It’s just how much of it we’re consuming on a daily basis. The average American consumes 94 grams of added sugar a day, which works out to about 23.5 teaspoons every day — roughly the equivalent of two-and-a-half cans of Coke a day. Meanwhile, the American Heart Association recommends a maximum of just six teaspoons a day for women and nine for men. First, a quick explainer: There are two types of sugar. Glucose, found in bread and pasta, comes from carbohydrates. Fructose, on the other hand, is found in fruits and vegetables. It’s usually harmless, but in high quantities from the added sugars in processed foods, it can have harmful effects on your health. The recent spike in added sugar consumption has contributed to a range of health issues, including obesity, metabolic disease, insulin resistance and fatty liver. Added sugar offers zero health benefits and empty calories — along with oth Continue reading >>