The American Heart Association just published their recommendation of added sugar limits for children and it is the same for women.
Added sugars are found listed on the ingredient panels- not the food label and are found in processed foods. They come in many forms and they look like this:
Sugar, Sugar Beets, Cane Sugar, Agave syrup, Honey, Brown sugar, Brown Rice Syrup, Cane juice and Cane syrup, Maltose, Confectioners' sugar, Corn sweetener and corn syrup, high-fructose corn syrup, Dextrose, Fructose, Fruit juice concentrates, just to name a few.
The AHA suggests an added-sugar limit of no more than 100 calories per day (about 6 teaspoons or 24 grams of sugar) for most women and now for children, and no more than 150 calories per day (about 9 teaspoons or 36 grams of sugar) for most men.
There are 4.2 grams of sugar in a teaspoon. Do the math and you can see how many grams of sugar on the food label. If the ingredient panel doesn't have "added sugars" then you will know that if the food label has sugar grams listed, that those are "natural occurring."
What you get in an apple- with 18 grams of naturally occuring sugar is vitamins, mineral, phytochemicals, fiber and the power of that whole food that you will never find in a processed food...I do not care what the food label TRIES to tell you. Choose real and whole food. Protect our children from future disease.
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