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Sugar Detox Day 1: Assess Your Intake

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The American Heart Association reports that the average American adult consumes 22 teaspoons of added sugar (added, meaning not the sugar that naturally occurs in foods like fruit) each day, or 150 lbs -- 150 lbs! -- of sugar per year. Their recommended amount? 6 teaspoons per day. (One teaspoon of granulated sugar equals about 4 grams -- 4.2 to be exact -- of sugar. Thanks, Razmataz426, for letting us know!)

Added sugar is found in packaged foods like cookies, cakes, and candy, and drinks like soda, sports drinks, and fruit juices. It’s also in less obvious things like breads, salad dressings, and frozen dinners. Basically, sugar is lurking everywhere, and it may be the reason you can’t lose those last 10 lbs, why you’re feeling tired, or the cause of your sugar cravings. All this sugar is just not good for us!

So, how do you know how much added sugar you’re consuming? Start a food diary.

Today, keep a detailed record of everything that crosses your lips: meals, beverages, including your morning coffee (as well as how much sugar and cream you add), snacks, gum, etc, and keep track of the total grams of sugar listed on any packaged foods you eat. For foods and drinks you’re not sure about, try looking up their nutritional information here.

You can start your food diary in the replies below and include whatever you've eaten so far today; then stop back each time you eat or drink anything. This will help you learn to keep track of how much sugar you're taking in on a daily basis, and give you a place to continue keeping track throughout the rest of our detox as we eliminate the worst of the sugary offenders. Also, please note: plain fresh or frozen fruit does not count.

So, how much sugar are YOU eating? Tell us in the replies below!

icecreamTo sign up for the 7 Day Sugar Detox, click here.


by on May. 31, 2012 at 10:46 AM
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by on Jun. 1, 2012 at 10:05 AM

 Just an FYI, some prescription medications, over-the-counter medications and nutritional supplements can cause an increase in blood sugar levels! :(

by on Jun. 1, 2012 at 10:19 AM

My computer died as I was attempting to post yesterday, but I have actually been logging my food at  I'd gotten a little behind, and this challenge gave me incentive to get going again!

by on Jun. 1, 2012 at 10:40 AM




Just an FYI, some prescription medications can cause an increase in blood sugar levels!

by on Jun. 1, 2012 at 10:54 AM

I put a teaspoon of sugar in my coffee. When I use sugar I use sugar in the raw, I also eat a lot of icream though so that's a ton of sugar.

by on Jun. 1, 2012 at 10:58 AM


58 grams including fruit; 32 grams without fruit (32 x 1/4= 8). 8 spoonfuls

If I hadn't had the chocolate that we were give as a gift I would have been ok. I don't keep sugary things in the house. (no will power) But I do like my fruit!

by on Jun. 1, 2012 at 11:15 AM

this was my food diary for yesterday:

2 eggs scrambled with a little bit of shredded cheese on top

1 slice of wheat toast with margarine.: 1 gram sugar (bread...margarine had none)

coffee with splenda and half and half. (1 tbs half and half)

blueberry greek yogurt: 19g

diet coke

Quaker yogurt granola bar: 11g

broccoli cheese potato soup: ?

 1 slice french bread with margarine.

3 chewy chocolate chip cookies: 12 g

1 banana


by on Jun. 1, 2012 at 11:25 AM

Oh boy... I am addicted to processed breads (preferrably yeast rolls and other bakery goods), and my all-day coffee.  My coffee takes two spoonfuls of sugar and one spoonful of creamer... and I drink (on average) 10-15 cups per day. 

So far today I've had 4 cups of coffee, and nothing else.  Yikes

by on Jun. 1, 2012 at 2:35 PM

 I drink one dr.pepper a day. Yikes! I need to keep track of how much sugar I'm taking in

by on Jun. 1, 2012 at 2:36 PM
Bowl of Honey Nut Cheerios
Cup of coffee
Habachi Chicken mixed vegs carrots
sweet tea
Evening snack bowl of cereal , Thurs intake
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by on Jun. 1, 2012 at 2:41 PM

My downfall is pop.

I have already had 2 cans this morning (44 grams sugar each.) so I have had 88 grams of sugar from pop so far this morning.

I had a brownie this morning (24 grams)

beef flavor ramen noodles (1 gram)

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