Only 24?

A couple weeks ago we got a comment from another student blogger questioning how much sugar we can eat in a day:

I did a blog post on sugar too. I researched the topic on TFK. They said that the FDA health organization says you should have 45 grams of sugar, 10% of your diet.

Obviously, this was very interesting to us, because in our research we had always found doctors recommending a maximum of 24 grams of sugar per day. We did some more research, and found out some interesting information that we think is essential for you to know.

Doctors recommend that 10% of your daily calories come from sugar. And in every gram of sugar, there are 4 calories. So how many calories do Doctors recommend per day?

According to the National Health Service (NHS), UK, the average male adult needs approximately 2,500 calories per day, while the average adult female needs 2,000 calories. However, it can vary based on how much you exercise and how much you weigh.

If 10% of those calories should come from sugar, that means the average male should have 250 calories from sugar and the average female should have 200 calories come from sugar. If 4 calories come from a gram of sugar, the NHS recommends that females should have 50 grams of sugar and males should have 62.5 sugar grams of sugar per day.

Compare that to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) study in 2010, which said women, or teens/tweens should have less than 100 calories come from sugar, which would be equal to 24 to 25 grams of sugar a day.

Interesting, right?  That means two different reliable organizations make two different recommendations about the amount of sugar that people should eat on a daily basis.

We just choose to use the smaller numbers (24) for our posts because with sugar, the less you eat, the less chance you have of being obese or diabetic. This is another example of how complicated sugars, both added and natural sugars can be. Some of the most prestigious doctors and health organizations can’t agree on how much added sugar your body can handle per day.

Put simply, the more physically active you are, and the less sugar you consume, the more healthy you will be.

In my opinion, the closer you stay to less than 24 grams of sugar, the better off you will be. It is your body, however, and it’s your life, so you can decide personally how much sugar you consume. But all doctors agree, too much sugar can cause serious health complications.



-Ried D.

Edited by Daniel C.

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