We are just beginning to understand the extent of the damage that can be done by a diet too high in sugar. Sure, your mom probably told you that eating candy rots your teeth, and it’s common knowledge that too many sweets will pack on the pounds. But it doesn’t stop there. There are many health risks associated with excessive sugar, and most of us eat too much sugar almost without realizing it. We are about to give you a rundown of the greatest dangers – be prepared for a shock.
How much is too much?
The World Health Organization recommends that you get no more than 5% of your daily calories from sugar, which works out to about 25 grams (6 teaspoons) per day. While that sounds pretty doable, you’ll find that many processed and packaged foods contain more than the daily recommendation in just one serving. A single can of Coca Cola, for example, contains 39 grams of sugar! Studies have shown that the average American takes in about 22 teaspoons of sugar per day, nearly 4x the recommended amount.