Do you know how much sugar you eat on a daily basis? I was thinking about this recently, I mean, why are Americans so obese? Sugar. But how much sugar does it really take? I came up with some alarming numbers and scary statistics and a list of the worst offenders.
So here are your scary statistics:
Worldwide, the average person consumes 70 grams of sugar and high-fructose corn syrup (high-fructose corn syrup mostly in the Americas) per day (that’s 17 teaspoons), up 46 percent from three decades ago.
In countries like the US, Brazil, Australia and Mexico, sugar consumption is actually much higher, averaging 40 teaspoons per person per day for Americans
Comparatively in China they eat about 7 grams per day.
And when children younger than 4 are removed from the mix, sugar consumption in the US rises by another 5-10 percent
Between all the sugars consumed – the American diet is made up of 38% sugar. The recommended amount? 10%.
What is that? How does that happen?
We include sugar in everything. We know some of the worst offenders show up as things like salad dressing. Things that you wouldn’t assume were sugar laden (tomato sauce, granola bars…)
So the worst offenders (and contributors!) to that 38% are unsurprising:
Regular soft drinks (33 percent)
Sugars and candy (16.1 percent)
Cakes, cookies, and pies (12.9 percent)
Fruit drinks (9.7 percent)
Dairy desserts and milk products (ice cream, sweetened yogurt and sweetened milk) (8.6 percent)
Other grain-based products (cinnamon toast and honey-nut waffles) (5.8 percent)
So number 3 is baked goodies, right? But did you know that a Krispy Kreme donut has 10-11 grams of sugar in one donut? In the grand scheme of things, that’s not as insane as it could be, particularly not when I went looking for lists about what was worse in the “health food” market.
Luna bar: 11 grams of sugar
Grande Starbucks latte: 17 grams
I can’t actually make you a healthy latte, but if you’re looking for a fabulous creamy coffee experience, I can completely recommend this recipe
Subway 6″ sweet onion teriyaki chicken sandwich: 17 grams
Another option marketed as “healthy” (just check out their website). This one ropes people in on so many levels, but between the white-gluten-filled-bread and the sauce on the sub, you’re practically drowning in the amount of sugar you’re consuming. Try these alternates.
Tropicana orange juice, 8 ounces: 22 grams
Squeeze your own orange juice. This one really is a no-brainer.
Yoplait original yogurt: 27 grams
Swap over to a trusted Greek yogurt brand and avoid “flavored” options. Try to find “grass-fed” versions to prevent more antibiotics in your body.
Vitamin Water, 20 ounces: 33 grams
Oh lordy. I actually have a post on this here. It’s complete with alternates to these options (make ’em at home, everyone!
Sprinkles red velvet cupcake: 45 grams
I don’t have a recipe to replace cupcakes in your life, but there are a bunch of them at justeatrealfood (find them on Facebook). Here’s a recipe my kids love.
California Pizza Kitchen Thai chicken salad: 45 grams
Odwalla superfood smoothie, 12 ounces: 50 grams
Make your own darn smoothie. They’re all over the internet. They all taste great. Or, better yet, stop smoothie-ing your fruits and veggies and get that crucial fiber into your diet.
Good luck on the hunt through your cupboards to check absolutely everything for added sugar.
Let me know what you think in the comments!
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