How much sugar is in the food and drinks you eat?
Modern life is so fast that it can be difficult to maintain a healthy nutritional balance in the food you eat. Sugar is one of these nutrients, and cells in the body die without it.
However, consuming too much sugar raises the risk of various dangerous health problems, such as obesity, type 2 diabetes, increased pressure on the heart and blood vessels, and tooth decay.
It is estimated that an average person in the United States consumes about 19.5 teaspoons or 82 grams (g) of sugar per day. This is more than twice the amount recommended by the American Heart Association (AHA), which is 9 teaspoons per day for men and 6 teaspoons for women.
To control sugar levels, knowing how much sugar is in the most common foods can help. This MNT Knowledge Center article is a one-stop resource that lists the sugar content for both processed and natural foods that people in the U.S. eat every day.
Fast facts on sugar content
Men should not eat 9 teaspoons of sugar a day, and women should not eat more than 6.
Chocolate bars, sweet cornflakes and soda often contain high levels of added sugar.
Fruits contain less harmful natural sugars than sugar found in processed foods.
Regularly consuming too much sugar increases the risk of heart disease, diabetes and obesity.