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Sponsored: Added sugar

Sponsored: Added sugar

How much added sugar should I be consuming per day?

Women:  6 teaspoons or 25 grams per day; Men: 9 teaspoons or 36 grams per day.

Added sugar can be found in many products, but the biggest culprits are often quite obvious…candy, cookies, cakes, other baked goods,  ice cream, sugar-sweetened beverages (sodas, sweet tea, kombucha, juice drinks, smoothies). Other products that might have surprising amounts of added sugar include cereals and condiments.

While sugar is an umbrella term;  it’s important to realize that added sugar isn’t just white or brown granulated sugar but also includes honey, molasses, high fructose corn syrup, agave syrup and concentrated fruit juices. 


Leah McGrath, RDN, LDN

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