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Americans consume too much added sugars, study says, and it's killing us

February 03, 2014|By Karen Kaplan

Perhaps, but that doesn’t seem likely in a country where experts can’t even agree on how much added sugar can be part of a healthful diet. The Institute of Medicine advises adults to keep added sugars below 25% of their total caloric intake, while the current Dietary Guidelines for Americans from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Department of Health and Human Services recommend devoting only 5% to 15% of calories to sugar, fat and other forms of "discretionary calories." The American Heart Assn. says women should eat and drink no more than 100 calories worth of added sugars per day, while men should not exceed 150 calories per day.

The World Health Organization says the upper limit on added sugars should be 10% of total calories. 

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Americans consume too much added sugars, study says, and it's killing us

 

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