Consuming too much sugar has been tied to all kinds of chronic diseases, from heart disease and cancer to type 2 diabetes and dementia. The American Heart Association recommends keeping added sugars under 25 grams a day for women and kids, and under 36 grams a day for men. That’s less than the sugar in one can of soda.
Most sodas clock in around 40 grams of sugar per can. A blueberry muffin from Starbucks has 30 grams of sugar, and a brownie from Panera has up to 60 grams, so occasional treats can really add up.
In 2015, the USDA reported the average American ate or drank 94 grams of sugar every day, three (three!!) times the recommended amount.
How did we get here? How do we get out? From the New York Times, here’s an article on the way sugar has snuck into our diet, and a guide to reasonable ways to cut back on added sugar.