Sugar lovers beware - the USDA's recent new dietary guidelines have some important tips on what to be leery of when reaching for the sweets. Food manufacturers generally use refine sugars to sweeten everything, which isn't good; this is partly because it leads to overconsumption, since refined sugars don't always trip the brain's appetite gauge.
Plain crystal sugar or honey, which packs in the extra antioxidants, are a better bet. Another thing to stay away from is sweetened beverages, which make up a third of the average woman's daily sugar intake. Sweetened beverages raise their risk for type-2 diabetes, so the best way to stay healthy is to choose a cup of tea; after all, one teaspoon of sugar is about 4g, while a single can of cola has 40g of high-fructose corn syrup.
A single can of cola, in fact, has the same sugar content as a bowl of honey-sweetened Kashi, a cup of low-fat blueberry yogurt, two tablespoons of natural peanut butter with whole-wheat crackers, and three Hershey's kisses, all together! According to the World Health Organization, one should limit their sugar intake to less than 10 percent of daily calories. This would be 40g for a 1,600-calorie diet.