How Much Sugar Should One Eat?

There is no hard and fast rule about how much sugar one should consume in a day. But we definitely all know that we should try to at least decrease the amount of sugar we eat everyday as part of a regular diet.

A typical diet includes around 1 cup of sugar every day, which adds up to around 150 pounds of sugar in a year. This is a significant amount and a good reason to start thinking about reducing sugar in our diet.

So, why should you consider reducing sugar?

Young woman in a field with lollipops.

Young woman in a field with lollipops.

We consume sugar everyday in a variety of foods, including cereals, canned foods, juices, sodas, diet foods, breads, processed savory foods, cookies, cakes and pastries. Studies have proven that a sugar-rich diet is dangerous for our health, as it leads to several complications such as diabetes, depression, weight gain, lethargy, and anxiety.

Sugar can:

  • Feed Cancer Cells

  • Increase Cholesterol

  • Weaken Eye-Sight

  • Decrease the Growth Hormone

  • Make you Drowsy

  • Decrease Activity in Children

  • Interfere with Protein Absorption

  • Cause Food Allergies

  • Contribute to Child Eczema

  • Develop Cardiovascular Disease

  • Impair DNA Structure

  • Reduce Immunity

  • Contribute to Osteoporosis

  • Cause Anxiety, Hyperactivity, Crankiness and Difficulty Concentrating

What should you do?

Considering all these harmful effects of sugar, you should consider controlling your diet.  You can reduce your sugar consumption everyday in the following ways:

  • Do not add sugar to anything that you consume

  • Limit processed foods in your diet like donuts, pizzas, cakes, and sweets

  • Avoid drinking sugar beverages like juice, soda, sweet tea, and sweet coffee

  • Consume a diet consisting of healthy fats, proteins, nuts, fruits, whole grains, and vegetables

  • Avoid diet-foods, as they may have high sugar and salt content to make up for fat removal

  • Make a rule not to consume more than 10g of sugar in a meal. Try to stick to this rule as much as possible. If you slip at one meal, do not forget to eat a clean meal the next time.

It may take some time to quit sugar, but once done, you will realize that your life has improved drastically. You will no longer feel tired, sluggish, and moody. It will also become easier to lose weight and you will feel better throughout your whole life.

You can still enjoy a slice of cake, but make sure that it does not become a regular part of your diet.