WASHINGTON — Sugar has become public enemy No. 1 in the nutrition field — doctors and public health advocates alike are “Fed Up” with the amount Americans are consuming.
The World Health Organization recently proposed new guidelines that recommend consuming less than 5% of our total daily calories from added sugars. For an adult at a normal body mass index, or BMI, 5% would be around 25 grams of sugar — or six teaspoons.
While food accounts for a large portion of the added sugar in our diet, many experts recommend cutting back on sugary beverages to reduce daily intake.
We compare the amount of sugar found in some of America’s top-selling beverages — according to Beverage Industry magazine’s 2013 State of the Industry Report — to the sugar found in common sugary snacks.
Many of these companies offer lower or no-sugar versions of their drinks, says American Beverage Association spokesman Christopher Gindlesperger. “Nearly half — 45% — of all non-alcoholic beverages contain 0% (sugar),” he says.