Less Sugar is Not Just for WLS

The World Health Organization is cutting its sugar intake recommendations in half from 10 percent of your daily calorie intake to 5 percent. That’s about 6 teaspoons (25 grams) of sugar a day of added or naturally occurring sugars.

The American Heart Association recommends limiting sugar intake to no more than half of your daily discretionary calorie allowance: no more than 100 calories per day for women (about 6 teaspoons) and no more than 150 calories per day for men (9 teaspoons).

And the FDA hopes to make Americans more knowledgeable about how much added sugar they are taking in by updating the Nutrition Facts Labels to include total and added sugars. (Yea, it’s about time!)

More sugar = more calories:  people who consume many foods and drinks with added sugars consume more calories. Cutting back on added sugars could help you maintain a healthy weight, and reduce risk for diabetes, heart disease, and other obesity-related health problems.

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