The American Heart Association reports that the average American adult consumes 22 teaspoons of added sugar (added, meaning not the sugar that naturally occurs in foods like fruit) each day, or 150 lbs -- 150 lbs! -- of sugar per year. Their recommended amount? 6 teaspoons per day. (One teaspoon of granulated sugar equals about 4 grams -- 4.2 to be exact -- of sugar. Thanks, Razmataz426, for letting us know!)
Added sugar is found in packaged foods like cookies, cakes, and candy, and drinks like soda, sports drinks, and fruit juices. It’s also in less obvious things like breads, salad dressings, and frozen dinners. Basically, sugar is lurking everywhere, and it may be the reason you can’t lose those last 10 lbs, why you’re feeling tired, or the cause of your sugar cravings. All this sugar is just not good for us!
So, how do you know how much added sugar you’re consuming? Start a food diary.
Today, keep a detailed record of everything that crosses your lips: meals, beverages, including your morning coffee (as well as how much sugar and cream you add), snacks, gum, etc, and keep track of the total grams of sugar listed on any packaged foods you eat. For foods and drinks you’re not sure about, try looking up their nutritional information here.
You can start your food diary in the replies below and include whatever you've eaten so far today; then stop back each time you eat or drink anything. This will help you learn to keep track of how much sugar you're taking in on a daily basis, and give you a place to continue keeping track throughout the rest of our detox as we eliminate the worst of the sugary offenders. Also, please note: plain fresh or frozen fruit does not count.
So, how much sugar are YOU eating? Tell us in the replies below!
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by JKuneyMay 31, 2012 at 12:09 PM
I'm not sure how much sugar I'm eating, but I'm sure its a lot! I do a diary everyday anyways because I do Weight Watchers. However I never stopped to think how much sugar I was taking in! I shall look that over today!
by workinm0mmyMay 31, 2012 at 12:09 PM13g of sugar so far from my oatmeal cookie.
I had a turkey Tom from jimmy johns so not sure how much in that.
May 31, 2012 at 12:10 PMI will do this tomorrow. I have already downed a venti Starbucks. In my defense....I got Maybe 3 hrs of sleep last night. And it was broken. Baby up all night :(
by Karla67May 31, 2012 at 12:12 PM
I just started watching my intake. The more I eat the more I want.
by sara_3388May 31, 2012 at 12:13 PMI have had a bagle with turkey on it. I'll check the packaging when I get back home.
by limestar13May 31, 2012 at 12:13 PM
two cups of coffee with creamer that total of 12 grams and 1 teaspoon of sugar
french toast bread with pp: 12 grams
3 amos cookies: 9 grams
total so far: 42 grams of sugar
damn im embarrassed, thats a lot of sugar already
May 31, 2012 at 12:14 PM
OK I will do my best to remember to write it all down. I think doing this journal will help me be more conscious of what I'm eating and how much
by sjump25May 31, 2012 at 12:18 PM
Coffe with sugar free creamer and a tiny bit of sweet and low
bowl of Quaker Oatmeal Squares Cereal - 13 grams sugar
banana - 28 grams
May 31, 2012 at 12:18 PM
All I have had today so far is one serving Shakeology. Thats 9 grams. Im cleansing for the next two days and will have another, one apple and a salad tonight with 1tbsp rasberry vinagrette. Same thing tomorrow. I will probably come in at the recommended amount. A lot better than my norm. :( I probably consume tripple the amount in sugar a day. ugh.
by Cafe KristinMay 31, 2012 at 12:19 PM
Yes, fruit is ok. :)
Eggs and bacon. No pancakes today:( maybe an orange or grapefruit.... Fruit is ok right?