Currently, added sugar contributes 15% to 25% of total calories consumed in the U.S., an average of 66 pounds annually!86 87 Recommendations for the maximum
level of added sugar in the diet differ. The 2020 DGAC Dietary Guidelines for Americans suggest consumption of less than 6% of total calories per day from added
sugars.88 The American Heart Association’s (AHA) advice is that women should consume no more than 6 teaspoons or 100 calories per day of added sugars and men no more than 9 teaspoons or 150 calories per day of added sugar. The World Health Organization (WHO) strongly recommends reducing the intake of free (added) sugars to less than 10% of total energy intake and suggests that a further reduction to 5% could have additional health benefits.

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