National survey data also indicate that excessive consumption of added sugars is contributing to overconsumption of discretionary calories by Americans. On the basis of the 2005 US Dietary Guidelines, intake of added sugars greatly exceeds discretionary calorie allowances, regardless of energy needs. In view of these considerations, the American Heart Association recommends reductions in the intake of added sugars. A prudent upper limit of intake is half of the discretionary calorie allowance, which for most American women is no more than 100 calories per day and for most American men is no more than 150 calories per day from added sugars.
There’s pretty inflammatory a new abstract out, so sweetened beverages and their link to obesity is top of the page news on CNN this morning. Since the beverage industry is already counter-spinning this one, we’ll default back to the 2009 recommendation, above, which your doctor likely follows.
100 calories per day in added sugar from all sources — anything you eat or drink that has any form of sugar inserted into it. That’s everything from iced tea to hamburger buns.
The only way to get there is to base your diet on real, unadulterated food. Even one can of soda puts you over that, but so does pretty much any “normal” meal consisting mostly of processed, boxed, commercially adapted food.
- Sugar industry’s secret documents echo tobacco tactics (cbc.ca)
- Sugared Drinks Tied to 180000 Deaths Worldwide Each Year – Bloomberg (bloomberg.com)
- When it comes to sugary drinks, does size matter? (vitals.nbcnews.com)
- Sugary Drinks Linked to 25,000 Deaths in the US, 180,000 Worldwide (counselheal.com)
- Coca-Cola Rolling Out New Misinformation Campaign to “Combat Obesity” (articles.mercola.com)
- Availability of sugar influences rate of diabetes, study says (latimes.com)
- Why The American Heart Association Can’t Admit They’re Wrong (fathead-movie.com)
- Should you “Eat Clean”? (sciencebasedpharmacy.wordpress.com)
- 180K Deaths Tied to Sugary Drinks (amcpress.wordpress.com)
- Fight the sweetness of summer (thehindu.com)