Sugar Science

Exciting news! SugarScience is a super resource created by some of the nation’s top universities that is now up and running as a one stop shop for everything to do with understanding sugar and the role it plays in what we eat and how we feel. Have a question about sugar and where it comes into eating well? Sugar Science has collected evidence from over 8,000 research articles from the CDC and top medical journals about the perks and pitfalls of eating sugar and narrowed down the answers to many FAQs just for you. You can even ask a Sugar Scientist to answer your question personally. The top question Americans ask is often “How much is too much?” Did you know that Americans eat on average 19.5 teaspoons of added sugar per day? For adults, that comes out to about 66 pounds of added sugar every year. That is a LOT considering that the American Heart Association recommends we limit the added sugar we eat to:

  • 3-6 teaspoons (12-25 grams) a day for kids
  • 6 teaspoons (25 grams) a day for women
  • 9 teaspoons (38 grams) a day for men

Much of this added sugar comes from processed foods and sodas. Knowledge is power! Now that you know the guidelines, review our tips for becoming a sugar sleuth and look out for added sugars. You will be a sugar savvy shopper and chef in no time!

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