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 American Heart Association released guidelines about how much sugar teens, women, and men should eat in a day. They discovered that women/teens should have no more than 100 calories a day come from added sugar. We did a simple conversion, and found that 1 gram of sugar has 4 calories. And recently, the World Health Organization revised their recommendations for added sugars downward. They also believe that adults should have less than 25 grams of added sugar per day.
Then the question becomes, how many calories of sugar can you have in a day. And Doctors and medical organizations cannot seem to agree on that. Originally, doctors recommended that no more than 10 percent of daily calories should come from sugars. For an adult male — who doctors recommend consuming 2,500 calories per day — that would equal 250 calories (62.5 grams) of sugar per day.
But here’s the thing: Those recommendations are based on ALL sugars — natural and added — consumed per day. Natural sugars are less of a concern for doctors because they come with added benefits like fiber and vitamins that you don’t get from sugars added just to make food taste better.
Ried D. and Daniel C.