Just a Spoonful of Sugar

Emily Larson 04/16/2019

Imagine I gave you a bag of sugar, a measuring teaspoon, and a mission: measure out the recommended daily intake of sugar vs the sugar you actually ate today. Most of us would fail. First, the recommended daily intake is remarkably low: 3-4 tsp of added sugar for children, 6 tsp for adult women, and 9 tsp for adult men. Second, food and drink companies are really good at hiding added sugar. In fact, even if you read nutrition labels regularly, you’ll find that most don’t tell you how much sugar is natural and how much is unnecessarily added.

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