Americans are consuming about one 156 lbs of sugar each year. Sugar should only make up, no more than 10% of your daily calories. Looking at a diet based on 2,000 calories, that means just 200 calories for sugar a day.
Pounds are being added on each and every year, thanks to sugary drinks and processed foods. Taking a look at the numbers, 59% of calories came from sugary foods and 41% from sweet drinks. Health experts say that too much added sugar is simply not good for our health. It can increase the risk for heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, as well as cardiovascular disease.
What can you do to cut back?
Health Experts suggest people substitute fruits or veggies for processed foods high in sugar. They also suggest reading the labels of the foods before you buy. Chances are, foods and drinks high in fructose corn syrup are high in sugar. But it’s okay to indulge in these added sugar products once in a while. As long as you watch your portion control when consuming these products, you’ll be in good health.
When it comes to artificial sweeteners, they’re controversial. They provide the sweetness of sugar but don’t add the same amount of calories. This can benefit those who can’t use sugar, like diabetics. But scientists still disagree on the relationship between artificial sweeteners and certain diseases.