Most Americans eat too much sugar, and that can harm health. The problem is that added sugars are almost everywhere in our diet. They are in sandwich bread, pickles, salad dressing, crackers, yogurt and cereal, as well as in the obvious foods and drinks, like soda and desserts. Added sweeteners make it easy to overeat because they are tasty with a lot of calories, but they do not make you feel full. Instead, they can trick you into wanting more food. To limit your sugar intake, health experts recommend that you focus on reducing added sweeteners, such as granulated sugar, high fructose corn syrup, honey, and maple syrup. You do not need to worry so much about the sugars that are a natural part of fruit, vegetables and dairy products. A typical adult should not eat more than 50 grams (or about 12 teaspoons) of added sugars per day. Eating about 25 grams (or 6 teaspoons) is healthier. This adds up quickly. For example, there are 39 grams (about 10 teaspoons) of sugar in a can of Coke. Even though changing your diet can be hard, there are simple strategies to make cutting back on sugar simple and easy. For example, eat a healthy breakfast that does not taste like dessert. Stop drinking soda, sweetened sports drinks, energy drinks, iced tea and diet soda. Think about portion size. Other simple ideas can be found by clicking the link below. If you are like most Americans, you may be eating more sugar than is good for you. The good news is that it is possible to eat less sugar and still enjoy eating by following these tips and creating new habits.


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