daily sugar intake

The answer is: probably. But I suppose it depends what you eat for breakfast.

What do you eat for breakfast? By dinner time, you’ve probably already had your fill of sugar. Did you know that doctors recommend only 25 grams of sugar per day for women, and 36 grams for men. And now you’re probably thinking, “I’m fine – I don’t add sugar to anything, and I don’t eat very much sugar.”

“I eat healthy, fat-free yogurt.”


When things are labeled as “healthy” it’s often because they aren’t. When the fat is removed, sugar and/or salt is usually added. This keeps your yogurt, beverage, or whatever it is nice and tasty, as well as “fat-free”. But your body stores extra sugar as fat, so is it really “fat-free”?

The answer is no.

“I only drink Vitamin Water.”

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Here’s another misnomer. What vitamins are added to this water and when did sugar become a vitamin? This isn’t the only beverage on the “sugar-added” list, but if you drink a bottle of Coca-Cola’s Vitamin Water (that’s right – Coca-Cola) you’ll have had 32g of sugar.

But lets get back to breakfast. It is “the most important meal of the day,” and if you thought yogurt, oatmeal and honey, and a smoothie was a healthy breakfast, think again. Or are you a cup of vanilla almond milk (16g of sugar) and ¾ cup of Honey Nut Cheerios (9g of sugar) kinda gal? The math is simple: that’s 25g of sugar, or, your daily limit.

Talk About A Sugar High

Some store-bought foods that may be hiding in your cupboards are definitely hiding sugar. What are the worst offenders? Which is the most surprising?

When something says Fat Free we think “healthy” but check out Kraft Handi-Snacks Fat Free Vanilla Pudding. In 1 snack pack there are 15 grams sugar and 90 calories. After this snack you’ve got only 10-21 grams of sugar left.


Hostess cakes (like Ho-Hos and Ding Dongs) have 14-18 grams of sugar per cake, but if you’re having cakes for breakfast, you’ve got other things to worry about. A single Frosted Blueberry Pop Tart has 18 grams of sugar, which will really sweeten up your breakfast, not to mention pack your gut with sugar.

My cousin once described a muffin as a small cake you eat with breakfast. Now that I’ve done the research, I tend to agree. A muffin’s worth of Fiber One’s Apple Cinnamon muffin has 15 grams of sugar. It looks like it’s going to be a light lunch.


One package of Quaker Instant Oatmeal can have up to 14 grams of sugar. Kellogg’s Smart Start Strong Heart, Original Antioxidant has 14 grams of sugar in 1 cup. That whole healthy-sounding title is just a hoax.

Canned and packaged fruits are sly offenders: Motts Apple Sauce has 22-23g of sugar in a small serving cup, and Dole’s Diced Peaches in Light Syrup has 18 grams. Spaghetti sauce is another tricky one: Newman’s Own Tomato & Basil has 12g of sugar in a ½ cup serving.

Barbeque sauces, premade juices, and bottled and iced teas are big offenders of hiding sugar as well. Which of these healthy-not-healthy do I deem as the main offender, public-enemy number one: Yogurt.

In Yoplait’s Light Fat Free yogurts you get 6 ounces of yogurt and two-and-a-half teaspoons of sugar. And that’s “Light”. In the Original 99% Fat Free Lemon Burst you get nearly 8 teaspoons of sugar.

Now that’s sweetness that’ll leave you feeling sour. Check out this infographic for a quick guide to how much sugar is in different meals.


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