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The Sugar Numbers Game

The Sugar Numbers Game

It’s common sense right? We tell our kids not to eat too much sugar, the dentist will tell you not to consume too much. How much sugar do we really eat and where does it all come from?

I was reading this interesting article on MSN that says that the average American eats 22 teaspoons of sugar a day! Your teenager eats up to 34 teaspoons a day on average!

Most of that added sugar comes from soft drinks and candy – a whopping 355 calories and the equivalent of guzzling two cans of soda and eating a chocolate bar.

By comparison, most women should be getting no more than 6 teaspoons a day, or 100 calories, of added sugar – the sweeteners and syrups that are added to foods during processing, preparation or at the table. For most men, the recommended limit is 9 teaspoons, or 150 calories, the heart group says.

This guideline does not include naturally occuring sugars such as in Fruits. Here is a short list of common things in most American’s diets so you can see where to cut back:

Soft Drinks 1 bottle (12 oz.) 9 t sugar
Hershey candy 1 bar 7 t sugar
Chewing gum 1 stick 1/2 t sugar
Chocolate mints 1 piece 23 t sugar
Fudge 1 oz. square 4 1/2 t sugar
Peanut brittle 1 oz. 31/2 t sugar
Angel food 1 (4 oz. piece) 7 t sugar
Cheese cake 1 (4 oz. piece) 2 t sugar
Chocolate cake (iced) 1 (4 oz. piece) 15 t sugar
Cup cake (iced) 1 6 t sugar
Strawberry shortcake 1 serving 4 t sugar
Brownie (unfrosted) 1 (3/4 OZ.) 3 t sugar
Gingersnaps 1 13 t sugar
Macaroons 1 36 t sugar
Chocolate Eclaire 1 7 t sugar
Cream puff (iced) 1 25 t sugar
Donut (plain) 1 34 t sugar
Donut (glazed) 1 6 t sugar
Ice cream 1/8 quart 23 t sugar
Strawberry jam 1 T 34 t sugar
Pumpkin pie 1 slice(1/6 pie) 510 t sugar
Chocolate pudding 1/2 cup 4 t sugar
Berry tart 1/2 cup 10 t sugar

Next time someone says to you, "have just one there’s no harm," you can now count the true cost.