How Many Grams of Sugar Should You Eat per Day?
How Many Grams of Sugar Should You Eat per Day? The truth is, most of us eat too much sugar. Fruits, vegetables, grains, legumes, and dairy contain natural sugars. Sugar also occurs naturally in sugarcane and sugar beets in the form of sucrose—but when added to foods, they are considered added sugar. The main sources of added sugars are desserts, soft drinks, juices, flavored milks, yogurts, and ice cream, and sugary cereals. So how much sugar should you eat per day? There is no recommendation for a total amount of sugar to stay under per day, but there is a recommendation for added sugar. The Dietary Guidelines recommends limiting calories from added sugars to less than 10% per day. That's 12 teaspoons or 48 grams of sugar if following a 2,000-calorie-per-day diet. Don’t stress over every bit of sugar, especially from whole food sources, but keep an eye on added sugars. Extra sugar is stored as fat, which leads to weight gain, a risk factor for many chronic diseases including heart disease, diabetes and cancer.