Nov 13, 2014 4:00 PM

Author: Office of Public Affairs

Even if you’re not downing doughnuts and drinking soda all day, you’re probably consuming too much sugar. Americans consume 22.2 teaspoons, or 355 calories, of added sugar a day, according to the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. That is more than triple the amount that the American Heart Association suggests as the limit for women and is double the recommendation for men. Too much sugar can cause obesity and increase risk for type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and other diseases. 

Syrups and sugars that are added to processed foods and beverages contain many calories and no nutritional benefits. The biggest culprits are soda, energy drinks, candy, cakes and cookies. But sugar also lurks in seemingly unlikely sources such as crackers and sauces. 

Become a Sugar Sleuth

Sugar is disguised in many forms, so read food labels carefully. Watch for words ending in “ose” such as “sucrose” and “dextrose,” as well as corn syrup, molasses, cane juice and others. When you crave something sweet, choose fruit; it contains beneficial fiber, vitamins and minerals.

Take the Sugar Challenge

Eating less sugar can improve your overall health. Some benefits may include better teeth, weight loss and improved moods—no more sugar crashes! But don’t take our word for it. See for yourself.

Fed Up and University of Utah Health challenge you to reduce the added sugar you consume for 10 days. We believe you have what it takes and will help you along this journey.

Download this form to track your progress, and share your experience in the comment section. 


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