The CalorieKing Sugar Guide
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How much is too much?
A can of soft drink can contain up to 10 teaspoons of added sugar!
Added sugars should not make up more than 10 percent of your total energy intake for the day, and many dietitians will recommend less than this. In a 2000 calorie-a-day diet, 10 percent is equal to about 50 grams, or 10 teaspoons of sugar. Unfortunately, most Australians consume 30-40 teaspoons or more of refined sugar per day – far more than is healthy. Most of this sugar comes from food products to which sugar has been added, such as soft drinks, confectionary and baked goods. A can of soft drink alone can contain up to 10 teaspoons of added sugar!
Naturally occurring sugars, such as those in an apple or a glass of milk, are not included in the less-than-10-percent-a-day recommendation. Naturally occurring sugars affect your body differently because they come as part of a “whole food” package, including fibre and other nutrients. You don’t need to watch your intake of naturally occurring sugars - except as part of your overall calories.
Sugar substitutes such as saccharin and aspartame contain negligible calories and can be helpful for people trying to limit sugar intake. Sweeteners such as fructose, sorbitol, and mannitol are not low in calories, but might be used as a sugar substitute for people with diabetes.
Sugar content of common foods:
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