The Associated Press reported last week on new guidelines from the World Health Organization. The U.N. health agency recommends slashing sugar intake to just 6 to 12 teaspoons per day.
Yikes! That sounds like a mountain of sugar until you realize that a single can of soda exceeds that. A can of soda has up to 40 grams or 40 teaspoons. Yikes, again!
Added dietary sugars can be found in processed food, honey, syrups, and fruit juices (not to naturally occurring sugars in REAL food since those come with essential nutrients). So many foods are unlikely sources of processed sugar: ketchup, as an example, has 4 grams or 1 teaspoon.
People just don’t know how much processed sugar they are consuming on a daily basis. The potential risks of too much sugar in one’s diet are obesity (which leads to a host of other problems) and tooth decay. Moms think fruit juices are a great alternative to soda, but the sugar content is very high. If you are going to serve apple juice, for instance, dilute with pure water to cut the effects of the sugar.
There are several low-glycemic sweeteners available: Stevia, coconut nectar, yacon syrup. Agave nectar is now considered as bad as high fructose corn syrup so pick another way to feed your sweet tooth.