Dietary Sugars Intake and Cardiovascular Health. A Scientific Statement From the American Heart Association

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.

Dietary Sugars Intake and Cardiovascular Health. A Scientific Statement From the American Heart Association.

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.

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