Make changes to help decrease sugar and calories.

Kid Looking Jar Cookies

Cut the sugar

Candy, cookies, cakes, soda, juice Рour daily consumption of added sugar is through the roof. There is strong evidence that these sugars are increasing the rate of being overweight, obesity and even tooth decay.

Make changes to help decrease sugar and calories.

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Limit

It is recommended to keep added sugar to less than 10% of total calories. The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends a range of 5-10% of total calories a day. So if you consume 1200 calories/day, that is no more than 120 calories or 8 teaspoons of added sugar a day. If you consume 1800 calories/day, that is no more than 180 calories a day or 12 teaspoons of added sugar.

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Average amounts of sugar consumed

Americans get about 13% of calories from added sugar or 268 calories a day, which equals 18 teaspoons a day. One teaspoon of sugar is 4 grams of sugar and 15 calories. Europe averages about 7%, Britain averages 17%, and 25% in Portugal.

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Lurking added sugar

Your daily doughnut contains about 25 grams of sugar or 6 teaspoons. 20 ounces of regular soda contains 65 grams of sugar. Foods we feed our kids, yogurt with candy topping, 20 grams or 5 teaspoons, 1 cup of fruit punch contains 14 grams of sugar or, almost 4 teaspoons of sugar for only 1 cup!

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Labels

Reading labels is essential but also confusing, currently it is difficult to determine added sugar vs. naturally occurring. The new proposed label will list added sugar and will allow you to make better informed decisions for the health of you and your family.