100 grams of sugar is too much, no matter how you cut it.
In March, the World Health Organization suggested that “added sugars” in our diets should be no more than 13 teaspoons. There are roughly 11 teaspoons of sugar in a can of Coke, so if that is your total intake for the day, then you’re good, with two teaspoons to spare. Choosing the can of Coke, of course, means there’s no room for cereal, cookies, ketchup, wine, milk, yogurt, or any other common staples.
All whole grains, legumes, fruit, and dairy contain MANY grams of “natural” sugar that – believe it or not – has the same impact as added sugars. Only the label doesn’t show this under the heading SUGAR; it masks it under the term CARBOHYDRATES.
To be frank, you’re better off having the pop – clear about the fact that you’re sucking back straight sugar, rather than consuming the hundreds of grams you unknowingly swallow every day in all these all “natural” (but still full of glucose) forms.
However you inhale it, 13 teaspoons of sugar is a heck of a lot. Apparently Health Canada isn’t quite as concerned, otherwise, the new Canadian benchmark wouldn’t have been set to 25 teaspoons of added sugar – almost DOUBLE the WHO’s recommendation.
25 teaspoons of sugar is 100 grams.
Why on earth would we be encouraged to consume MORE of the one component of our diet that is literally killing people by the million each year? It seems unfathomable that knowing as much as we do about sugar, insulin and inflammation and their tag-team connection to disease and death, we would continue to place more weight on maintaining food industry profits than on improving the future of our population’s health.
100 GRAMS OF SUGAR ISN’T GOOD FOR YOU, NO MATTER HOW YOU CUT IT.