Saturday, April 24, 2010

How Much Sugar Should You Have in a Day?

Are the sugars in ice cream, candy and soda the same as the white sugar that you put in your coffee or tea? (for consideration of overall daily sugar intake?) Also refined sugar, brown sugar? Should we count sugar in rice, bread, potatoes? I just don't want to go above the daily sugar intake recommendations.  Rochelle J.

Dear Rochelle,

Recent studies point to added sugars contributing to chronic diseases, now including heart disease. Eating too much sugar can cause weight gain, a rise in bad cholesterol level, a decrease in good cholesterol levels, and elevation of triglyceride level.

Sugars found in fruit or milk are not counted as "added" sugars. Nor are the carbohydrates from rice or wheat (although eating these without a limit can raise calorie intake and contribute to weight gain!). The added sugars provide calories with no nutrition. When you get sugar calories from fruit or milk you are getting nutrients along with them.

Sugar like white sugar in coffee, processed sugar in your cereal, brown sugar in baked goods, high fructose corn syrup in soda, candy, etc should be limited to 25 gm (100 calories) per day for women and twice that for men. (Men at a healthy weight generally can afford a higher calorie intake due to their larger size).

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