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Healthy Eating Tip: Limit Your Added Sugar Intake to 40 Grams

I have a huge sweet tooth, so I can relate to your cravings for cookies, chocolate, and the like. The problem is, too much sugar can lead to weight gain, metabolic disorder (a precursor of type 2 diabetes and heart disease), and possibly even certain cancers. Added sugars should make up only six to 10 percent of your daily calories. Based on a 2,000 calorie diet that adds up to between 30 and 50 grams. I'm not talking about naturally occurring sugars in fruits and veggies though. I'm talking about foods made with white sugar, so keep your intake to about 40 grams. If you're a label reader, it can be hard to discern how much of the white stuff you're getting though, since all sugars are lumped under the "sugar" category. So the best thing to do is limit the amount of foods you eat that have sugar, brown sugar, or high fructose corn syrup in the list of ingredients.

To see how many grams of sugar are in some common sweet foods


Food Amount of Sugar
Slice of chocolate cake 30 g
1 oz. Dagoba organic dark chocolate 12 g
1 chocolate chip cookie 7 g
6 Oreo cookies 20 g
1 Starbucks chocolate hazelnut biscotti 10 g
1 Krispy Kreme glazed donut 13
20 plain M&Ms 9 g
1/2 cup serving of vanilla ice cream 21 g
10 oz. Coffee with 1 packet of sugar 2.8 g
12 oz. Coca Cola 39 g
12 oz. ginger ale 32.4 g
12 oz. Sprite 38 g


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