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Daily Sugar Intake


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Does anyone know what a "normal" daily sugar intake should be?

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Recommended is 40 grams or so, but I find that number impossible to adhere by. I can hit over that by my second meal alone, without even trying. Most of my days end up in the 100 - 200 gram range (although some days can exceed 400 grams... very seldomly) which I consider acceptable and reasonable for myself. Considering I was a HUGE pop drinker and candy bar eater before I started dieting and exercise this amount of sugar is nothing compared to the amount I used to consume. And besides, most of it now is natural, not refined. :-)

Well, I go by this site:

http://www.essentialnutrition.org/lckids1.php

For most 100-125 grams and lower would be best for added sugars. Now as far as natural sugars, I wouldn't be too worried about unless you have a health condition that requires you to not go too high with your sugar.

Sugar is not good for your health. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sugar#Human_heal th

I have a health condition that requires minimal sugar of any kind ("natural" or otherwise). Today my intake was 2 grams.

 

2 grams!! YIKES! My sugar intake for today was 36 grams.

its not impossible to have less than 100-200g of sugar. however, those who consume as little sugar and carleyrapp and me have seriously modified diets

for example, today my ratio was   Fat - 27.9% (57 grams)
Protein - 40.5% (184 grams)
Carbohydrates - 31.7% (144 grams)
Alcohol - 0.0%
Other - 0.0%

The maximum safe amount of added sugar is about 62 grams per day.  That is the average of the Canadian FDA, British FDA, USDA, and the American Diabetes Association.

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I could cut out most of my sugar by cutting out/down on my fruits, but that's something I refuse to do. I make a protein shake with a banana and strawberries after my workouts (and milk, which accounts for 16 grams of sugar right there), so it's just not going to happen. :P

I'm not saying it can't be done, I'm just saying that there's no way _I_ could ever stick close to 40 - 60 grams per day at all.

EDIT: Okay, after analyzing my sugar intake for the last week, it seems I may have overestimated my sugar intake a little bit. A "Normal" day for me just breaks 100, with my average per day this week being 121 grams. Not even close to the 200 I had thought before. And 400? YEAH RIGHT! Haha.

40-60 is the grams ADDED sugar per day you should stay under not the TOTAL.

Original Post by nesmaster:

I could cut out most of my sugar by cutting out/down on my fruits, but that's something I refuse to do. I make a protein shake with a banana and strawberries after my workouts (and milk, which accounts for 16 grams of sugar right there), so it's just not going to happen. :P

I'm not saying it can't be done, I'm just saying that there's no way _I_ could ever stick close to 40 - 60 grams per day at all.

EDIT: Okay, after analyzing my sugar intake for the last week, it seems I may have overestimated my sugar intake a little bit. A "Normal" day for me just breaks 100, with my average per day this week being 121 grams. Not even close to the 200 I had thought before. And 400? YEAH RIGHT! Haha.

The only sugar  you should worry about too much is fructose. The fructose in fruit is fine because it's coupled with fibre. The sugar in milk is lactose which contains no fructose so that's fine. What you should watch out for is high fructose corn syrup or sucrose (table sugar) because that's half fructose. 

So basically you don't have to count the sugar in fruit as long as you're eating the whole fruit, and the sugar in milk is fine too, just added table sugar is bad.

I can't really be bothered typing it all out but go here if you want to read up: http://www.davidicke.com/forum/showthread.php ?t=79799.

Original Post by freshbakedpi:

Sugar is not good for your health. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sugar#Human_heal th

I have a health condition that requires minimal sugar of any kind ("natural" or otherwise). Today my intake was 2 grams.

 

so do you eat fruit?? i'm confused on what you eat to have so little! please share.

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"The only sugar  you should worry about too much is fructose. The fructose in fruit is fine because it's coupled with fibre."

 

You have no idea what you are talking about. There are sources and medical research all over the place pointing to the extreme harm of refined sugar.  

one of many examples: http://macrobiotics.co.uk/sugar.htm

 

Do some research.

 


 

 

Original Post by alga7:

"The only sugar  you should worry about too much is fructose. The fructose in fruit is fine because it's coupled with fibre."

You have no idea what you are talking about. There are sources and medical research all over the place pointing to the extreme harm of refined sugar.  

one of many examples: http://macrobiotics.co.uk/sugar.htm

 Do some research.

 Phewf you can chill out I think. Of course refined sugar is terrible, it's half glucose and half fructose.

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