100 Calories of Sugar

This past Sunday, 60 Minutes aired an eye-opening piece about the harmful effects sugars can have on our body. Especially striking was the recommended limit for added sugars issued by the American Heart Association: 100 calories of added sugar per day for women (150 calories for men). We wondered what 100 calories of added sugar really meant when it came to dietary habits. Our findings are presented in the infographic below.

(PS – Sugar isn’t the only thing to consider when trying to eat a balanced diet. It’s just a pretty big piece of the puzzle since we eat so much of it.)

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About Sheila Viswanathan

Sheila Viswanathan focuses on educating individuals on how to make healthier dietary choices. She received her doctoral degree in Nutrition and Public Health from Teachers College, Columbia University and is certified as a registered dietitian.
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4 Responses to 100 Calories of Sugar

  1. praxkinect says:

    Sheila, Thanks for sharing this in such a visual, compelling way. This is easier for my kids to understand now about how much sugar they get in their body.
    I am going to share this on our kids-parents community blog. http://www.kinectforkids.com/health

  2. Bill Holmes says:

    Already, the message is being “Dumbed Down” by the agencies that we are supposed to be creditable. The enemy is is not “ADDED” sugar … the enemy is SUGAR, however consumed, in whatever form! Why do we so deny simple truths to avoid being healthy????
    Or, what entity that sells sugar containing products is funding the agencies position???

  3. Holly A Steves says:

    Did you ever look into what the effect of sugar substitutes containing “aspartame” do to your body.

  4. Kid’s bodies don’t have the same effect like us- they burn sugar much easy than us and that’s why they don’t have this problem…

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