The UK’s Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN) recently released a report about carbohydrates. You can download it here. The main recommendation – halving the recommended daily intake of added sugars from 10% of their daily intake down to just 5%. In a 2000 calorie diet, this works out to 100 calories a day from added sugar, the equivalent of 6 teaspoons of added sugar. Currently, the Brits are consuming much more than the 10% recommendation.
According to the US Center for Disease Control & Prevention, American men consume an average of 335 calories a day from added sugar, the equivalent of 20 teaspoons! Women consume 239 calories (15 tsp).
The American Heart Association recommends:
limiting the amount of added sugars you consume to no more than half of your daily discretionary calories allowance. For most American women, that’s no more than 100 calories per day, or about 6 teaspoons of sugar. For men, it’s 150 calories per day, or about 9 teaspoons.
This is not an easy task, because added sugars are so prevalent in many foods. A flavored yogurt has 3 teaspoons of added sugar. Add 3 cups of coffee sweetened with just 1 teaspoon of sugar and you’re done for the day. What about dessert after dinner? the sugar in your snack bar? Soft drinks?
Do you think you and your family could work with a 5% added-sugar budget? How much added sugar do you think you consume per day?