America's Sugar Addiction
Too much sugar isn't sweet for your health. The American Heart Association recommends eating no more than 5% of total calories from sugar. Yet, most Americans consume an average of 130 pounds of sugar per year. Get the skinny
on how sugar affects your health.
- 12 oz.soda = 10 tsp.sugar. That is equal to 156 calories of sugar!
- The recommended daily sugar limit by the American Heart Association: 1) Men - 6 tsp. (100 calories); 2) Women - 9 tsp. (150 calories).
- Hidden culprits: 1) Cereals; 2) Bread; 3) Snacks; 4) Condiments; 5) Etc. Don't forget that sugar can come in many different forms. Check nutritional labels for the sugar content.
- 22 tsp. - American's actual daily sugar intake is equal to 355 calories with zero nutritional value.
- More than one-third of US adults are obese.
- 3 shocking soda facts: 1) Soda fattens up your organs; 2) Some soda contains flame retardants; 3) Unknown side effects of genetically modified crops (sodas are sweetened with high-fructose corn syrup).
Baylor - Health Care System | Designed by Megan McCook | Sources: heart.org; diabetes.org; cdc.gov; health.yahoo.com; clevelandclinic.org; livestrong.com; acsm.org.