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How Much Sugar do You Eat in a Day?

Posted Oct 03 2008 11:32am

You might be surprised to learn how much sugar you eat in a day.

Take a look at this video to see how much you are likely to eat in a day. You might not think you eat this much, but remember that in some ways, we were conservative about our estimates: we used 12 ounce sodas instead of restaurant sizes and we didn’t include many hidden sugars such as you might find in salad dressings, peanut butter, or thousands of other foods.

Here is the table we used to make the sugar estimates:

Cereal4 teaspoons
Toast3 teaspoons
Jam3 teaspoons
Coffee1 teaspoon
Orange Juice5 teaspoons

BREAKFAST TOTAL:

16 teaspoons or 1/8 pound
Doughnut8 teaspoons
Coffee4 teaspoons

SNACK TOTAL:

12 teaspoons

GRAND TOTAL:

28 teaspoons or 1/4 pound
Hamburger3 teaspoons
Soda8 teaspoons
Ketchup1 teaspoons

LUNCH TOTAL:

12 teaspoons

GRAND TOTAL:

40 teaspoons or 1/3 pound
Granola or Protein Bar5 teaspoons

SNACK TOTAL:

5 teaspoons

GRAND TOTAL:

45 teaspoons or ¼ pound
Bread3 teaspoons
Soda8 teaspoons

SNACK TOTAL:

11 teaspoons

GRAND TOTAL:

56 teaspoons over ½ pound
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