Research suggests that keeping “free” sugar intake to less than 5% percent of total calories reaps the most health benefits. That equals 6 teaspoons of sugar per day, if 2000 calories are consumed daily. “Free” sugar includes table sugar, sugar added to foods like candy, baked goods, ice cream, and soda, and also “natural” sugars found in honey, syrups, and even fruit juice. It doesn’t apply to sugar in whole fruit, vegetables, and unsweetened dairy products.
Tip: Cut the sugar–even the “natural’ type.
Source: Second Edition Consumer Reports Booklet “Should I Eat This ?” 2017
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