The recommended daily allotment for sugar intake for women is about 24 grams of sugar and 36 grams for men. This is one fact that typically makes everyone cringe. Why? We as Americans consume way too much sugar.
Where is this added sugar coming from?
Dextrose// brown sugar // confectioners sugar // corn syrup // fructose // high-fructose corn syrup // honey // invert sugar // lactose // malt syrup // maltose // maple syrup// molasses // nectars // pancakes syrup // raw sugar // sucrose // sugar // white granulated sugar //
Besides flat out stating SUGAR, you can see there are many sources of added sugar. These all need to be taken into account!
I know that sugar is very tasty and appealing to the palate, but why work so hard to get healthy to ruin it with a wrong choice on yogurt or having a cookie every night. It is not worth the health consequences and definitely not the weight gain.
To get a better idea of what 24 grams of sugar contributes to your day, here is a list of common foods with sugar and how much sugar they actually contain.
- 1 â€œsmall sizedâ€ 16 oz. milkshake = 84 gramsÂ (Bye, bye In & Out milkshakes)
- Â½ cup ice cream = 14 grams
- 1 cup canned fruit = 58 grams
- 1 12 oz. can of soda = 38 grams
- 1 small Tollhouse cookie = 8 grams (you know you would eat 5 versus 1 very small one)
- 1 Hostess cupcake = 21 grams
- 1 Starbucks Iced Caramel Venti Latte = 47 grams
- 1 Yoplait low-fat strawberry peach yogurt = 27 grams
Start tracking your intake today and see how much sugar you consume each day. Aim to have protein at every meal, drink fluids, and exercise. All these things reduce your sugar cravings.