The average American consumes about 31 teaspoons of sugar a day.
The World Health Organisation
recommends consuming no more than 10 percent of your daily kilojoules in sugar
. Using this rule, and based on an 8 000 kilojoule-per-day diet, sugar consumption should be no more than 800 kilojoules per day, or approximately 50 grams of sugar
If one teaspoon of sugar equals four grams, this means your total sugar intake per day should be no more than 12 teaspoons of sugar. This may sound generous enough, but if you think that one can of soda alone already equals 40 grams (or 10 teaspoons of sugar) or one cup of your favourite cereal could contain up to 20 grams (or 5 teaspoons of sugar), you don’t really have much to work with.
Fox’s Julie Banderas sits down with Damon Gameau, the director and star of “That Sugar Film,” to learn the real effect sugar is having on our bodies.