11/1/19: What Ten Grams of Sugar Looks Like
Since the holidays and eating lots of sugar are rapidly approaching, I thought it would be interesting to share some information Dietitian Danielle Omar compiled and posted on her My Fitness Pal blog. It shows the amount of sugar in various candies compared to the amount in a clementine and apple. She recommends no more than 10 grams in a snack. The 2015-20 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend that no more than 10% of your daily calories come from added sugar. This means that for a 2000 kcal diet, one should eat no more than 12 teaspoons of sugar per day. The American Heart Association gives an even more tight recommendation, suggesting that women have no more than 6 tsp. and men no more than 9 tsp. of sugar per day. So you can see that by eating most of the snacks below you will have met or exceeded the recommended amount of daily sugar intake. And, even though the orange and apple have a fair amount of sugar also, keep in mind that it is not added sugar, and several other important nutrients are present in the fruit that the candy does not offer. This is not say that one should not indulge in these sweets, because denying oneself of such goodies will likely lead to craving them. Just remember your portion size when eating them and enjoy them! Focus on their flavor and deliciousness and eat them slowly to maximize the pleasure you receive from them.