According to the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee has cited sugar as one of the biggest health concerns and recommends that sugar make up 10% or less of our daily calorie intake. The American Heart Association recommends that no more than half of your daily discretionary calories comes from added sugars (about 6 teaspoons or 100 calories for women, and 9 teaspoons or 150 calories for men). The CDC reports that the average American eats between 13 and 20 teaspoons of added sugar a day (about 230 calories for women, and 335 for men).
While sugar is naturally found in foods like fruits and vegetables, this type has little effect on your blood sugar and is considered very healthy.
Fruits and vegetables also contain lots of healthy vitamins and minerals.
The danger is from added sugars in processed foods.
Here are just a few that sugar impacts:
Hormonal imbalances like PCOS and endometriosis
Low energy / fatigue
Excess belly fat
Depression, mood disorders
Skin issues, acne
And the list goes on….
Tips to limit your sugar intake:
By: Carol Aguirre MS, RD/LDN