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Not All Sugars Are Created Equal

Eager to get the scoop on sugar? Well, before you take any scoops, learn what kinds of sugars to avoid and what are okay to add to your diet.


In This Article:

  • Men should consume 36 grams or 9 teaspoons of sugar per day, women should consume 24 grams or 6 teaspoons per day and children can have anywhere from 3 to 8 teaspoons, depending on their age.
  • Watch out for artificial sweeteners. Although they may seem healthier, they contain more chemicals.
  • Naturally occurring sugars are the healthiest. They are found in fruit, some vegetables, milk, honey, maple syrup, and molasses. These are nutritive and provide calories and energy. Brown sugar is no healthier than white sugar.

It’s important to understand that even natural sugars should be consumed in moderation.

— Dr. Kevin Lopez, MD
Dr. Kevin Lopez, MD

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