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How much sugar do you consume?

How much sugar do you consume? We all hear the USA is addicted to sugar. And, it’s estimated that 1 in 5 people is either diabetic or pre-diabetic. A bit scary, if you think about it.

Have you ever wondered how much sugar you take in each day? Do you even know how much sugar is too much? Or, how many calories in sugar you drink?

If you answered NO to each of these questions, you aren’t alone.

No more than 5-10% of Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) calories should be in sugar, added or natural (although natural is best).  For a 2,000 calorie diet, that means 6 tsps of sugar.  But, now we are doing that funky metric thing and most labels read grams, which no one over 40 understands!

For quick math, take 6 tsp x 4 = 26g (divide grams by 4 to get back to tsp).

Now, get this!   According to the University of California at San Francisco, the average American consumes 19.5 tsp of sugar or 85g.

Wow, how can that be?  Because we are ADDICTED, folks!

Let’s take a few examples:

  • 12 oz Coca Cola = 9.3 tsp (39g)
  • Starbucks Grande Caramel Machiatto = 5.75 tsp (23g), alhtough much better than the Java Chip Frappacino that contains 16 tsp (66g) of sugar
  • Panera Blueberry Muffin 10 tsp (40g)
  • Clif Bar = 6 tsp (25g)

As I read further on this topic, I’m actually surprised the Average American only consumes 19.5 tsp of sugar!

Let’s do a little more math to convert to calories.

1 tsp of sugar = 16 calories

19.5 tsp (Average American Consumption) = 312 calories in sugar alone

It takes 4 miles of walking at 4 miles per hour to burn off those calories. Ok, I now understand my weight loss problem (#WantingaSmallerMe Survey)!

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