The Dangers Of Added Sugars Pt. 1
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- A sweet tooth can be hard to ignore, but new research shows it could be causing you bigger problems than just fitting into your jeans. Added sugars can be found in a whole host of prepared foods, and they could be causing you serious health problems.
Amber Wilhoit is a registered dietitian and an adult diabetes educator at UF Health.
"It could be contributing to some of the disease states we see in this country," she says.
Doctors say too much added sugar in your diet can put you at risk for obesity, diabetes, and high blood pressure, which could put you at a greater risk for heart disease.
Unlike naturally occuring sugars in milk or fruit, added sugars are put into prepared foods to improve the taste.
The American Heart Association recommends women consume 6 or fewer teaspoons of added sugar daily, and 9 or fewer for men. However, the average American consumes 22 teaspoons of added sugar each day. For some people, that adds up to one pound of sugar a week that they don't need.
Added sugar is often found in some of these prepared foods:
- breads, pastries, and baked desserts
- dairy products like ice cream and milk
- sauces, especially syrup, cocktail sauce, barbeque sauce, ketchup, and honey mustard
- breakfast cereals, granola bars, poptarts, and other breakfast foods
- sweetened beverages like fruit juice and soda
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Reporter's Note: One teaspoon equals approximately 4 grams of sugar. The foods depicted in this story are shown with sugar cubes illustrating the amount of sugar, in grams, listed on ingredient labels typical of that food.
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