NPR Health Blog 8/25/09: Sugar Elbows On To Heart Health Hit List
” … [highest increase of calories is in] sugar-sweetened beverages. So the American Heart Association suggests you drop the sugary sodas right off the bat. As it points out, a 12-ounce can of regular cola has about 8 teaspoons of added sugar…” “Right now, the average American consumes a little over 22 teaspoons of added sugar a day”.
AHA recommendations: women, 6 tsp or less; men, 9 tsp.
Yep, that’s including ALL added sugars in drinks and food, like that frozen waffle, double choc chip muffin. STEP AWAY from the caramel mocha latte, mister! [how much high-fructose corn syrup is in that frothy concoction?!]
Provocative idea: sugar taxes that would raise prices for sweet foods as a way to fight obesity.