Do Americans really consume 22 teaspoons of sugar a day? That’s 350 calories, and the American Heart Association says that’s way too much. But get this: the mean daily sugar intake among teenaged boys is more like 34 teaspoons. That’s a lot of sugar.
The AHA has issued a statement saying too much sugar is contributing to diseases such as obesity and diabetes. Americans should slash their daily sugar intake by more than half, to no more than 100 calories for women and 150 calories for men. (Presumably, that means even less for kids.)
Sugar provides no nutritional value other than calories. The biggest source of sugar in the American diet? Soft drinks. Time to start drinking something else, folks. No more Big Gulps. No more sucking on bottles of Coca-Cola.
But here’s how corrupted the advice from groups such as the American Heart Association has become. Up to now, the AHA has been getting paid to sponsor products that contain lots of sugar, such as kids’ breakfast cereal. You can find the AHA recommendation right on the front of the cereal box.
Will the AHA now stop giving out those endorsements, asks food activist Marion Nestle.
Otherwise, we are all for the Heart Association finding something besides fat to pick on. Who knows. Now that they’ve shown a little sense, they might take a harder look at carbohydrates in general.