The average American, according to the National Cancer Institute, consumes about 22 teaspoons a day of added sugar. Only a maximum of six teaspoons for women and nine for men is recommended by the American Heart Association (AHA).
Health issues can be affected by sugar. Sugar can play a part in mood swings, rheumatoid arthritis and cavities. The AHA also says that added sugar is associated with increased risks of high blood pressure and high triglyceride levels.
On his official website, Dr. Andrew Weil, M.D.'s January 20 'Tip of the Day' states:
To understand how much sugar you are consuming, start by reading labels and minimizing the products that list sugar as one of the main ingredients. Familiarize yourself with the other words that signal sugar: dextrose, glucose, sucrose, fruit-juice concentrate, malt syrup, maltose, molasses, beet sugar, high-fructose corn syrup and evaporated cane juice.
There are many products available that may seem low in sugar but often contain high amounts of sugar. These may include but are not limited to:
- Prepared and packaged foods like flavored yogurts, cereal (including flavored oatmeal), frozen waffles and canned goods. Many cold cereals that are regarded as unsweetened - such as many corn flakes brands - contain a lot of added sugar.
- Juice, sports drinks and alcohol may all contain added sugar, as can coffee drinks that include anything other than coffee.
- Condiments like prepared salad dressings, barbeque sauce, ketchup, jams and jellies.
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