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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 May. 31, 2012 at 12:25 PM

Lunch: macaroni salad with tuna,  sliced cherry tomatoes & celery (a little too much mayo for me though), orange slices

by on May. 31, 2012 at 12:25 PM

 So far today I've eaten white cheddar cheez-its - 0g sugar and 3 cups of water


by on May. 31, 2012 at 12:29 PM

I don't know the exact amount, but I'm sure it's wayyyy tooo much!

by on May. 31, 2012 at 12:29 PM

 I've had 3 oreo cookies today. Oops! I forgot about the sugar detox.
by on May. 31, 2012 at 12:29 PM

 oh and I had 2 pieces of Trident layers gum so that's 2g sugar

by on May. 31, 2012 at 12:29 PM

 I ate a couple of fried eggs (in butter) and about 2 oz of ham this morning...and diet mt. dew (Another thing I'm trying to eliminate).

For lunch, I'm having 2 slices of ezekiel bread (all grain bread with NO sugar), and about a tsp. of peanut butter (1 gram sugar...oops, better buy a different brand). That would be it, so far and it's 11:30 AM (eating that sandwhich now).

by on May. 31, 2012 at 12:30 PM
This is gonna be a lot harder than I thought.
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by on May. 31, 2012 at 12:31 PM
For breakfast I had 2 pieces of white bread, toasted, with about 1 tbs of butter. About 4oz of apple Juicy Juice. And water. For a total of.... 17 grams... :(
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by on May. 31, 2012 at 12:32 PM

Ooh, how do you make the fauxage? And the bread? Very curious!

Quoting SabrinaLC:

Okay, a food diary, I can do that!

Breakfast: Apple Sage fauxage w/ tofu egg and slice of homemade bread w/ vegan butter  
                      Not sure if there was sugar in the fauxage since Dh made it.  (My bread has brown rice syrup*) in  it

One cup of coffee that had maybe 1/4 teaspoon of demera sugar in it

Lunch: chickpea salad sandwich: chickpeas, vegan mayo, mustard, sweet relish (dried cane syrup**), onion powder, garlic powder, turmeric, salt & pepper; a tiny bit of Daiya jack (not sure of the sugar content), on two (super thin) slices of my homemade bread (again, that has brown rice syrup* in it) & I had about half a cup of cantaloupe

I'm drinking ice water

**the relish has 3g sugar per 1Tbsp, I used maybe 2 Tbsp with an entire can of chickpeas and only ate maybe 1/4cup of the mix total.

by on May. 31, 2012 at 12:32 PM

great idea. being a WW member ive never had a reason to keep track of my sugar. so i have no idea. its probably much higher than i think. 

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