According to the American Heart Association, the daily maximum amount of added sugars for men is 37 grams and 25 grams for women. Looking at those numbers it might seem like it would be fairly easy to stay under the max.
Once you start looking at nutrition labels you’ll begin to understand how much of challenge following the recommendation can be. For example, a can of soda is about 39g, putting you over the daily recommendation. One serving of Oreo cookies (3 cookies per serving) is 14g which isn’t terrible. The cookies would be the better choice over the soda.
Even if you eliminate soda and sweets from your diet it is still likely your daily intake of sugar is well above the recommendation. When you begin to study the labels you begin to notice that we are surrounded by sugar.
Sugar has been added to most products,yogurt, juice, milk, ketchup, bbq sauce, and even in salad dressing!
Perhaps the best thing to do is focus on food items that don’t come with labels: apples, bananas, avocados, broccoli, carrots, lentils, spinach.
For more reading visit the American Heart Association website.