The most important thing to know while exploring our blog is the amount of added sugar that a tween/teen can eat on a daily basis.
Knowing that number will allow you to make comparisons to the amount of added sugar in the foods that you like to eat.
So how much added sugar SHOULD you eat every day?
The answer may surprise you: Added sugar has NO nutritional value at all. That means your body literally doesn’t need ANY added sugar in order to survive.
Doctors say, however, that the average tween/teen can safely eat about 24 grams of added sugar per day:
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On our blog, we’ll always represent one day’s worth of added sugar with this blue box. That way, you’ll know just how much sugar you are SUPPOSED to be eating versus just how much sugar are in those tasty treats you ARE eating.
In 2010 the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) did a study about how much sugar teens, women, and men should eat in a day. They discovered that women/teens should have 100 calories a day come from added sugar. We did a simple conversion, and found that 1 gram of sugar has 4 calories.
Then the question becomes, how many calories can you have in a day. And Doctors and medical organizations can not seem to agree on that. Some say 2,500 calories is a safe amount, — which is equivalent to 62.5 grams of sugar — but others say 1,000 calories — 25 grams of sugar — is the max amount.
With sugar, the safer option is to try to stay under 24 grams of sugar, however you can choose which recommendation to follow.
Ried D. and Daniel C.