Sugar is an integral condiment in most of the meals or beverages we have. But excessive sugar can act as a poison for our health. Even though we may not add it to our home cooked meals, we do not pay heed to the amount of added sugar in most of the soft drinks we have or the fast food we eat.
Over indulgence of sugar (more than 20-25 grams per day) can lead to liver diseases, cardiovascular disease, obesity, diabetes, degenerative diseases, premature skin aging, tooth decay, and other ailments.
Doctors suggest that one should not have more than 5 teaspoons of sugar in a day in order to stay healthy. Sugar is not found only in desserts or sweets but also in processed foods, cereals, pastries, meats, sauces and other foods. But the question remains still, how much sugar should we exactly consume?
The more a person’s age, the less sugar he should consume. If a teenager consumes about 13 teaspoons of sugar everyday, he should reduce it to half by the time he is 30 years, and it should not exceed 5 teaspoons per day when he is 45 years. Even though it can have negative effects on the health, it should not be completely eliminated from our diet.
AMOUNT OF SUGAR CONTAINED IN VARIOUS DRINKS AND FOOD
- A bottle of Pepsi has more than 8 teaspoons of sugar.
- A can of 330 ml Coke has around 8 teaspoons of sugar.
- A can of Sprite contains around 8 teaspoons of sugar.
- A can of Red Bull has around 7 teaspoons of sugar.
- A bar of Twix 50- 60 g teaspoons of sugar.
- A bar of Snickers contains around 7 teaspoons of sugar.
- A Fresh orange has 2.3 teaspoons of sugar.
- An apple contains 5 teaspoons of sugar.
- A banana contains 4 teaspoons of sugar.
- A peach has 3 teaspoons of sugar.
- 100 g of ketchup contains over 5 teaspoons of sugar.
- 100 g of honey contains over 20 teaspoons of sugar.
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