The word is out - the American family, especially kids are getting too much added sugar in their diets, according to the latest CDC report. Nowadays, added sugar is found in most of our foods - from bread to salad dressing. The health consequences of our sugar addiction are serious. Increased sugar consumption leads to a variety of health problems, including obesity and chronic diseases such as diabetes and high blood pressure.
The American Heart Association (AHA) recently released new guidelines limiting the amount of added sugar considered acceptable for a healthy diet. For most American women, that's no more than 100 calories per day, or about 6 teaspoons of sugar. For men, it's 150 calories per day, or about 9 teaspoons. And for children its about 3 teaspoons a day. Consider that one 8 ounce container of chocolate milk has more than this amount.
So for our Family Fitness Challenge, we are challenging you to cut back on the added sugars and swap artificial sweeteners for nature's fruits. To calculate how much sugar is in your food, try That Sugar App from That Sugar Film or the New York Times sugar calculator. The AHA also has some great tips for cutting down on sugar and making simple swaps that will last a lifetime. How much can you cut?