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At a time when sugar is everywhere, it's time to ask how much is too much.

How much sugar I have to eat every day?



Dear Robert,

You should eat 62.5 grams of sugar every day for a nutritional requirement of 2500 calories/day.

Nutritional Requirements (for age 19-59) are about 2500 calories /day.

Carbohydrate: 2500 calories / 4 cal/gram = 625 grams carbohydrate.

From these grams of carbohydrate a day, 10% could come from sugars.

If you eat 625 grams of carbohydrate each day, then up to 62.5 grams could come from sugars.

Just one apple and one orange a day would have 30 grams.

125 grams of apples (1 cup, quartered or chopped), raw, with skin have 13 grams of sugar.

180 grams of oranges (1 cup, sections), raw, all commercial varieties have 17 grams of sugar.

There is no requirement for sugar, but there is a minimum requirement for total carbohydrate, which is 130 grams/day for male and female.

Sugar is 100-percent carbohydrate.

Consuming too much sugar can contribute to obesity, but unlike fat and sodium, there is no recommended daily value for sugars.

Eating too much sugar is part of an addictive cycle. When you eat sugar, it's quickly digested and burned, and it causes peaks and valleys in your energy. Reports persuasively connect obesity to sugar.

Experts address sugar issue with direct injunctions like "Avoid too much sugar."

Most people think that eating too much sugar because diabetes, this is not true. Diabetes is not caused by eating sugar.

Too much sugar in a child's diet can contribute to weight and dental problems. Eating too much sugar can also contribute to arterial damage.

Recent studies have shown that too much sugar may actually lower a person's "good" cholesterol, making him more prone to having a heart attack or stroke.

Eating too much fructose and glucose can turn off the gene that regulates the levels of active testosterone and estrogen in the body, shows a new study.

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