Did you know that the average American consumes 88 grams of added sugar a day? That is as much as two to seven times more than we should consume in a given day.

It’s important to distinguish between added sugar and naturally occurring sugars. Fruits, some vegetables and dairy products already have sugar which we call “naturally occurring sugars” and it’s safe to say that everything else (soda, candy, cereal, etc.) has sugar that has been “added.” There are even some foods with “hidden sugar.”

According to the American Heart Association, children should only have 12 grams of added sugar a day, adult women 24 grams and adult men should have no more than 36 grams of added sugar in an entire day.