How much sugar does an average person consume?

sugarIn the US, the magic number is 125 pounds of sugar a year or something to the effect of 46 spoons of sugar a day.  Wow that’s a lot.  As yummy as sugar is, it is devoid of any nutrients and is the root cause for a host of health related problems.  For a very long time, I thought that if you ate sugar directly in your coffee or cereal that was the only way to consume sugar, but I forgot the hidden sugar in so many products around us.  There’s a lot of sugar in milk, or sweet potatoes, or bananas.

So what products should you limit your child’s exposure to?

In addition to the usual, soda, cakes and candy.  Here’s a list of things you should try to minimize or completely avoid in your child as well as your diet.
•    Fruit juice
•    Sports drinks
•    Pre-sweetened drink mixes
•    “White” carbohydrates (white bread, potatoes, white pasta, etc.)
•    Condiments (ketchup, mayonnaise, sweet relish, etc.)
•    Fruit flavored yogurt
•    Corn sweeteners and  foods flavored with corn syrup
•    Canned fruits and vegetables
•    Sweet potatoes (are high in sugar and should be consumed in moderation)
•    Bananas (high in sugar and should be avoided by those with blood sugar problems)
•    Certain baby foods have high levels of refined sugar
•    Breakfast cereals
•    Ice cream
•    Pancake syrup
•    Pre-made baked goods
•    Jams and jellies
•    Cookies
•    Pastries
•    Honey (considered by nutritionists to be harmful to long term health)
•    Prepackaged and processed foods


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