You don’t need to pound back a whole cup of sugar to get more than your daily needs, usually just one snack.
Americans L-O-V-E sugar! Some people estimate that Americans eat 30 teaspoons of added sugar a day. Compare that to people in India, who only may consume just one per day. To understand what’s going on, we must look at the 1960’s, when supermarkets became the main way people would shop for groceries, where they brought home sodas and juice drinks full of corn-syrup to replace the previous generation’s boom dinner with milk. In 1996, it was estimated that the daily calories people were getting from added sugar increased by over thirty-five percent.
Between the 1980 – 1990’s, food manufacturers were replacing oils with sweeteners in order to cater to low-fat food trends. “Now it’s challenging to find a food without added sugar,” Dr. Andrew Bremer says. He is a pediatric endocrinologist and program director at the National Institutes of Health. Three out of four packaged foods that someone may get at the store contain extra sweeteners: whole-wheat bread and salad dressings are even on the list.
Naturally, our bodies’ absorption of sugar are regulated by the fiber which comes with natural sugars, such as the kinds found in fruit. When sugar has no fiber with it, the body can be overwhelmed, leading to obesity, diabetes, heart disease and more. With these risks, experts are suggesting to drastically cut down the intake of extra sweeteners. In March, 2015, the World Health Organization recommended that only 5% of one’s daily energy be from added sugars, which is about 6 teaspoons (25 g) for the average adult.
Well, it turns out that 6 teaspoons of sugar is about the amount of added sugars you will consume from any one of these seven everyday snacks. Behold: