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How Much Sugar You're Really Eating

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  • I don't drink soda. I do like fruit. I need to stay away from chocolate (even dark for now until I get this under control). I probably eat more than 6 tsp. of sugar. In the video was 6 tsp. coming out of a bowl of oatmeal? Processed sugar is poison but it is so good. I will really try to watch sugar portions.
    My friend who is diabetic was told by her doctor sugar alcohols are as bad as, or even worse than sugar. Look for sugar alcohol on labels, too. - 7/27/2014 5:57:23 PM
  • 1tsp of sugar=4g which means a woman should not exceed 24g of sugar per day!?That sounds like a very small amount to me. Anyways, I agree with those who recommended to have sugar as trackable separatly from carbs. - 7/11/2014 9:16:38 AM
  • Dr. Robert Lustig has some great video lectures on You Tube about sugar and the many places it hides from us by using up to 49 different names. He has several books out. He started analyzing childhood obesity.

    Dr. Morris Beathea co-wrote a book called "Sugar Busters" back in the 1990's that also detailed how much sugar we are getting in our diets and how to choose alternative foods to reduce sugar. - 7/11/2014 3:54:37 AM
  • In my opinion there are good sugars and bad sugars. The kind of sugar you get from raw carrots would be a good sugar vs. the kind of sugar you get from a surgery cereal would not.
    I agree it would be nice to have sugar as a trackable ingredient in our food intake each day. Just a suggestion to Spark People. :-) - 6/25/2014 8:40:01 AM
  • I wonder why 'sugar' is not listed as one of the track-able ingredients that can be monitored for daily intake. I feel that many would benefit from the information that this one ingredient would provide. I tried adding 'sucrose', which is listed as a track-able ingredient, but this did not recognize the sugar content of food products. I realize that sugar falls under the heading of a carbohydrate but I feel it deserves a separate line item listing just as it does in the 'Nutrition Facts' label on all food products.
    To summarize: Sugar is one of our biggest challenges, why not make it track-able ? Thank you. - 5/22/2014 10:08:08 AM
  • Good to bring sugar to our attention, but I agree, talk grams instead of teaspoons since that is what shows up on labels. - 4/23/2014 9:05:11 AM
  • I have stopped adding sugar to things and avoiding it as much as I can and now sometimes when I eat fruit it tastes so sweet to me - 4/15/2014 9:11:11 PM
  • One teaspoon of granulated white sugar is equal to about 4.2 grams. This came from wiki.answers.com. I checked on this a while back and found the same info. Be very careful when you are looking at those grams especially in cereals, breads, & sodas. Check out the Dr. Oz episode of Kick the Sugar: An Easy Way to Give It Up for Good which aired 4/14/2014. Very interesting! - 4/15/2014 2:19:08 PM
  • Pretty much content free. Would have been better to talk the food label language of grams (and still show the same samples of sugar). The assertion that we eat too much sugar, as reasonable as it is, was unsupported. Everyone wonders whether they, individually, are really eating too much sugar. And finally, no clarification about where unexpected sugar lies - sweet drinks? fruits? prepared foods? peanut butter? A step in the right direction. Looking at labels, as was suggested, can help. - 4/15/2014 10:37:36 AM
  • Beaniesa-there are 13 grams of sugar in a teaspoon. It's on Google. :) I'm not sure about the naturally ocurring sugar question you had. I know you can google the carbs in fruits and such. Not sure if they have grams of sugars available. - 4/15/2014 10:27:37 AM
  • I think this tip would have been more helpful if I was told how many grams of sugar are in a teaspoon. At the beginning, Nicole says I should have 6 teaspoons max, but shows me a nutrition label that has the amount in grams. I also agree with a previous comment that the clarification about whether the 6 teaspoons are only 'added sugars' or if that includes naturally-occurri
    ng sources would also help me apply this tip. - 4/15/2014 8:12:26 AM
  • Is there any possibility of getting transcrips of the videos? I'm at a location that doesn't allow video feeds to play. - 3/10/2014 12:05:39 PM
  • They did not clarify whether this amount was total sugars you should eat or added sugar. I am trying for no added sugar in my diet, but I still eat lots of fruit and dairy. This probably raises my daily sugar intake above 6 tsp. - 2/11/2014 2:15:25 PM
  • Thank you FIVEFOOT2 for saving me from having to google tsp=grams. SP should have included that. Also for the reminder to add sucrose to my tracker and how to do so. - 1/30/2014 10:11:42 PM
  • OMG! I see no hope for me! I am a true SUGARHOLIC. How will I EVER loose weight and there is sugar in bananas??? Im 240, 5'10, and 54 yrs old (female). Im Doomed! :-\ - 1/30/2014 8:23:50 PM