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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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Nimue930
by on May. 31, 2012 at 12:00 PM

 Breakfast:  Smoothie:  steel cut oatmeal, banana, plain greek yogurt, almonds, flaxseed, rice milk

Water

themouthyone
by on May. 31, 2012 at 12:01 PM
Oh man. Ive had two large pancakes with butter and syrup (35g), one piece of gum (2g), and a can of Coke(39g). So a total of 76g of sugar for me today so far.

DD(3) has had one pancake with butter and syrup (17g), milk(11g), and 3 M&M's(3g). So a total of 31g of sugar for her today.
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mom2dane07
by on May. 31, 2012 at 12:02 PM
I'm about to have surgery so nothing to eat/drink yet
Sunshine2plus2
by on May. 31, 2012 at 12:02 PM

 So far today
Black coffee
2 bites of fruit loop cereal

londamg
by on May. 31, 2012 at 12:02 PM

well i already am hitting sugar overload with my 20oz white mocha coffee from the coffee shop 

1_hawt_mami
by on May. 31, 2012 at 12:02 PM
I havent ate yet ill be back :)
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FabulousMum
by on May. 31, 2012 at 12:03 PM

Bread, organic coffee, sweetened with honey.
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1_hawt_mami
by on May. 31, 2012 at 12:04 PM
Good luck with your surgery :)


Quoting mom2dane07:

I'm about to have surgery so nothing to eat/drink yet

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razmataz426
by on May. 31, 2012 at 12:06 PM

 I didn't know how many grams of sugar are in a teaspoon either, so I looked it up and this is what I found: One teaspoon of granulated sugar equals about 4 grams (4.2 to be exact) of sugar!

Quoting carrieo1:

2 cups of coffee, drizzle of honey in both,  2 boiled eggs, 1/2 yogurt, greek, = 10 g of sugar, whole grain totistos, no sugar, less that 1 gram, now what does a gram of sugar equal, anyone know. so far so good, i crave sugar, im not going to the store. lol. carrieo1

 

GAmom373
by on May. 31, 2012 at 12:08 PM


Breakfast  - peach Greek yogurt, black coffee, banana

The yogurt has 19 grams of sugar which equal 4.5 teaspoons of sugar. Hummmm that's interesting.  I'm more than half way to the allowance for the day and it's only my breakfast.

Lunch - Smart Balance Fat free Omega 3 milk has 14 grams of sugar in 1 cup, 2 eggs, 1 small potato, 4oz lean ham

I'm over, total 7.8 teaspoons of sugar

Dinner -  

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