Sugar is found naturally in lots of foods. The kind sugar that is discussed frequently is the sugar found in foods such as doughnuts and sodas. On average, Americans consume about 22 teaspoons of sugar a day and that equals 355 calories. The main source of these calories is sugars from sodas and other sweetened drinks. Eating sugary foods this way can add too many calories to your diet or you eat less of the other nutritious foods.
When consuming sugar or foods that contain sugar, moderation is the key. The American Heart Association recommends that women limit the amount of sugar in their diet to 6 teaspoons of sugar a day or about 100 calories. Men should limit the amount of sugar to 9 teaspoons a day or about 150 calories. A 12-oz. can of regular soda contains eight teaspoons of sugar or about 130 calories.
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