Too Much Sugar: Signs to Lower Sugar Intake | Reader’s Digest


You know you’re supposed to limit added sugar, but you likely eat more sugar than you think. Here’s how to tell if you need to limit your sugar intake.

Source: Too Much Sugar: Signs to Lower Sugar Intake | Reader’s Digest

 

How much sugar is too much?

How much sugar is too much?ISTOCK/XRISTOV

The World Health Organization recently recommended a sharp drop in sugar intake. Just 5 percent of calories should ideally come from added sugars, the WHO advises; down from 10 percent. This translates to about 6 teaspoons of added sugar a day, or about the amount in one 8-ounce bottle of sweetened lemon iced tea. The average American consumes almost quadruple the WHO recommendation—22 teaspoons of added sugar a day. Watch for these signs you might be eating too much sugar, and then figure out tricks to cut back. Slashing sugar can be tricky because sugar is so ubiquitous—you’ll find it even in healthy-sounding foods like cereal and yogurt. Read ingredient lists and reduce your intake of processed, packaged foods in favor of fresh produce and lean protein. You can also try these secrets people on a low-sugar diet swear by.

Summary –

  1. You’re breaking out more than usual
  2. You feel totally wiped
  3. Your dentist has bad news
  4. You’ve been diagnosed with high blood pressure
  5. You’ve been diagnosed with high cholesterol
  6. You crash after a workout
  7. Your jeans are a little snug
  8. You feel blue
  9. You never feel full

 

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