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This, however, does not mean to eliminate all sugar from your food intake. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2015 provide the recommendation to eat less than 10% of our calories from added sugars. The American Heart Association (AHA) suggests 9 teaspoons for men and 6 for women. If you are reading a food label, you will notice that the information on sugars is given in grams. So in keeping in line with the AHA guidelines, this would be 36 grams for men and 25 grams for women.
Reading a food label can be helpful, but may not provide you with the information you are looking for just yet. A current Nutrition Facts panel on a food container only lists sugars, which does not separate naturally occurring sugars from added sugars. A label that will show a breakdown of sugars will not be around until July 2018.
In the meantime, know that the number one source of added sugars is from sugar sweetened beverages. This could include, but is not limited to cola sweetened with sugar, lemonade, tea, coffee or energy drinks. If you are looking for ways to decrease added sugars, then consider these:
Unsweetened creamers in coffee https:/www.youtube.com/watch?v=0gBBfA4mRdU
Carbonated water, such as done with a Soda Stream machine
Unsweetened flavored waters
Have fun tasting some new beverages.