25 Reasons Sugar is Bad for You [Infographic]

25 Reasons Sugar is Bad for You
Infographic from Hotze Health & Welness Center International

Sugar (Over) Consumption

According to data from Euromonitor, a market research firm, the average American consumes about 126 grams (about 32 teaspoons) of sugar a day.  To read more about sugar and fat consumption in the U.S. and other countries, please visit Where People Around the World Eat the Most Sugar and Fat - The Washington Post.

How Much is Too Much

The most recent World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines strongly recommend reducing added sugar intake to less than 10% of an adults total energy (caloric) intake and conditionally recommends a further reduction in added sugar intake to less than 5% of total energy intake.  To put this recommendation into perspective, 10% of a 2,000 calorie diet translates to about 50 grams or 10 teaspoons of sugar.

The American Heart Association (AHA) recommends limiting daily added sugar consumption to no more than 36 grams (9 teaspoons) for adult men and 24 grams (6 teaspoons) for adult women.

"Added Sugar"

Added sugar refers to sugars and syrups that are added to foods during preparation or processing or at the table and includes sugar found in honey, fruit juice and various syrups.

Effects of Too Much Sugar

The scientific research indicates that regularly consuming too much added sugar over a period of time can be detrimental to health.

Overconsumption of added sugar is thought to overload and damage the liver, contribute to weight gain and obesity, accelerate premature aging, cause certain hormonal imbalances, suppress the immune system, and increase the risk for various chronic diseases and medical conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, cancer and Alzheimer's, as this infographic from Hotze Health & Wellness illustrates.


To view a larger version of this infographic and for more information, please visit 25 Reasons Sugar is Bad for You - Hotze Heath & Wellness Center International.

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