How Too Much Added Sugar Affects Your Health Infographic
Nearly 8 out of 10 adults are trying to reduce sugar in their diets.
Where does added sugar come from?
- Almost half of the added sugar in the American diet comes from one source: sugary drinks.
- Other sources include baked goods, candy, cereals, dairy products and desserts.
The AHA recommends limiting added sugar to 9 teaspoons (36 grams) per day for most men and 6 teaspoons (25 grams) per day for most women and children over 2.
The average adult gets about 17 teaspoons of sugar each day -- almost double the limit for men and triple the limit for women!
Subtract Added Sugars
Make smart choices as part of an overall healthy eating pattern:
- Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables of all colors and types.
- Cut back on the amount of sugar you add to foods and drinks.
- Choose mostly nutrient-dense foods instead of empty calories.
- Replace sugary drinks with water and sugar-free options.
- Read labels to find products with less added sugars.
Too much added sugar may put you at higher risk for:
- Cardiovascular disease
- Cognitive problems, including dementia and Alzheimer’s
- Colon cancer
- High blood pressure, cholesterol and triglyceride levels
- Kidney disease
- Liver disease
- Pancreatic cancer
- Retina, muscle and nerve damage
Too much added sugar may cause:
- Cavities/tooth decay
- Increased waist size
- Weight gain
- Skin aging and wrinkles
Learn more at heart.org/healthyforgood