Nutritious Life

Brining Nutrition to Daily Life

Hidden Sugar March 12, 2010

Average amount of hidden sugar, per person, per year:

1700’s – 4lbs

1800’s – 18lbs

1900 – 90lbs

2010 – 180 lbs ( 25% of the population consumes that much)

The other 75% probably isn’t far behind

Learn to identify terms that mean added sugars, including sugar, white sugar, brown sugar, confectioner’s sugar, corn syrup, dextrin, honey, invert sugar, maple syrup, raw sugar, beet sugar, cane sugar, corn sweeteners, evaporated cane juice, high fructose corn syrup, malt, molasses, and turbinado sugar, just to name a few.

Hidden Sugars in Foods

Food Serving Size Added Sugar
Cakes and Cookies
Angel food cake 4 oz piece 7 tsp
Banana Cake 4 oz piece 2 tsp
Brownie, no icing 1 oz piece 4 tsp
Cheesecake 4 oz piece 2 tsp
Chocolate cake, iced 4 oz piece 10 tsp
Chocolate chip cookie 1 cookie 2 tsp
Coffee cake 4 oz piece 5 tsp
Cupcake, iced 4 oz piece 6 tsp
Fig Newtons 1 cookie 5 tsp
Gingersnaps 1 cookie 3 tsp
Glazed doughnut 1 doughnut 6 tsp
Oatmeal cookie 1 cookie 2 tsp
Candies
Chocolate candy bar 1 bar 7 tsp
Chocolate mint 1 piece 2 tsp

 

Maximum Sugar Intake

Daily Calorie Intake Grams of Sugar Teaspoons
1,200 21 5
1,500 26 6
1,800 31 7
2,100 36 9
2,400 42 10
2,700 47 12

How much sugar are you eating?

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