Sugar Per Day: How Much Sugar Per Day is Healthy

In this practical tip, you will find out how much sugar per day you should consume at most and which tricks the food industry uses here.

Too much sugar is healthy

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), we shouldn’t consume more than six teaspoons of sugar per day from processed foods. That corresponds to 25 grams. However, the average sugar intake of Germans is 90 grams per day.

  • A gram of sugar contains about four kilocalories. 25 grams equals 100 calories, which is five percent of the recommended daily allowance of 2000 calories.
  • Many energy drinks, fruit juices, spritzers, ice teas, and lemonades sometimes contain more than five percent sugar. Extrapolated to one liter, that would already be 50 grams – twice the daily requirement.
  • Too much sugar consumption increases the risk of obesity, type 2 diabetes, and tooth decay. In addition, many finished products contain a large amount of sugar, but no other nutrients such as vitamins or minerals.
  • When buying, pay attention to the nutritional information. If you can’t find a number, you can use the following rule of thumb: The higher the sugar is listed, the higher its proportion.
  • Substances such as fructose, glucose, or sucrose are also often hidden sugar information.
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Written by John Myers

Professional Chef with 25 years of industry experience at the highest levels. Restaurant owner. Beverage Director with experience creating world-class nationally recognized cocktail programs. Food writer with a distinctive Chef-driven voice and point of view.

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