Your Body on Sugar [Infographic]

Learn How Added Sugar Affects the Body
Your Body on Sugar - Infographic from Guard Your Health
Added Sugars Daily Intake Limit

The American Heart Association recommends limiting your daily intake of  "added sugars" to no more than:

🍬  6 teaspoons (25 grams or 100 calories) if you are a woman

🍬  9 teaspoons (36 grams or 150 calories) if you are a man.

What are "Added Sugars"?

According to, "added sugars" are sugars and syrups that are added to foods or beverages when they are processed or prepared.

The major sources of added sugar in the U.S. are regular soft drinks, energy drinks, sports drinks, candy, cakes, cookies, pies, cobblers, sweet rolls, pastries, donuts, fruit drinks and dairy desserts (e.g., ice cream).

Added sugars include:

⚠️️ Brown sugar
⚠️️ Powdered sugar
⚠️️ Corn syrup and solids
⚠️️ Dextrose
⚠️️ Fructose
⚠️️ High-fructose corn syrup (HFCS)
⚠️️ Honey
⚠️️ Lactose
⚠️️ Maltose
⚠️️Maple syrup
⚠️️ Molasses
⚠️️ Nectars
⚠️️ Raw sugar
⚠️️ Sucrose

Added sugars do not include sugar that is naturally occurring in certain foods, like fruit, dairy and some whole grains.


This infographic from Guard Your Health explains how added sugar affects your body, particularly your brain, liver and pancreas.  It also provides examples of the amount of added sugar and naturally occurring sugar contained in certain foods, like a can of soda and an apple.

To learn more, please visit Learn How Added Sugar Affects the Body and How to Curb Cravings with Healthier Choices - Guard Your Health.


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