10 Tips for Cutting Back on Sugar

Eating Too Much Sugar May Affect Your Health

Eating too much sugar can have serious negative effects on one’s health. The most common way people consume excess sugar is by taking added sugar, which is sugar found in sweets, sodas, and other processed foods. These foods have been shown to contribute to obesity [1], heart disease, type 2 diabetes [2], cancer [3] and tooth decay [4].

According to research, most Americans eat anywhere from 55-92 grams of added fat daily, which is equivalent to 13-22 teaspoons of table sugar each day, representing about 12-16% of daily calorie intake.

This is way more than the Dietary Guidelines for Americans [5] recommendation of getting less than 10% of your daily calories from added sugar.

The World Health Organization recommends less than 5% of calories from other sugar for optimal health. However, it can be difficult to remove added sugars from your diet. Keep reading to learn 10 tips for cutting back on sugar.