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How Much Sugar a Day Is Okay?


Did you know the average American consumes about 17 teaspoons of "added sugar" per year? Added sugars refer to various types of sugars that are added as ingredients in foods and don't occur naturally. Sugar, corn syrup, maple syrup, honey, and several other sweeteners are consider to be added sugars when you find them on an ingredients list.

You probably know that consuming too much sugar isn't good for you - but how much is too much? Is there a level of sugar intake that's acceptable?

Recommended sugar intake: How much should you have per day?

This news story from Medical News Today has the breakdown on how much sugar is okay for men, women and kids, using the idea of "discretionary calories," which are those few extra calories (about 100 to 150 per day) that you can allow yourself after meeting your daily caloric need. There's also tips for reducing your intake of added sugars.

Teen Hookah Use and Heart Disease

The use of hookahs, or water pipes, is growing in popularity in the US, especially in young adults and teens. This is alarming because overall, cigarette smoking rates have dropped due to strong informational campaigns about the dangers of cigarette smoke. Unfortunately, it seems that a lot of young people think hookah-smoking is safer. But, the research evidence says otherwise.

Teen hookah users run risk of heart disease, poisoning

This news story from Reuters Health describes a new policy statement from the American Heart Association, warning about the dangers of hookah use. According to one of the authors of the statement, there's clear evidence that hookah smoking can harm the cardiovascular system and can increase the risk of heart disease.

Asthma and Struggling in School

Kids who have asthma may have trouble with their school work when their symptoms aren't controlled well, especially minority students. Asthma is affects people of all ages, but is one of the most common chronic diseases in childhood. You can imagine how hard it must be to study when you're having trouble breathing or full-blown asthma attacks.

Kids with asthma may struggle in school

This news story from Reuters Health talks about a study that looks at kids between the ages of 7 to 9 in four large city school districts in the US. The study included Latino, black, and white children. The study team found that kids with the most daily symptoms competed fewer assignments and had lower quality of work when compared to kids with well controlled asthma.

What Happens to Adults Who Were Bullied as Kids?

Bullying is the word used to describe when one kid says or does something to another kid in order to cause distress. It's not uncommon now or in the past. Bullying behavior shouldn't be accepted because it can cause real damage in later life.

What are the adult health consequences of childhood bullying

This news story from Medical News Today discusses the potential problems caused by by being bullied as a kid. Studies show that persistent bullying is connected to depression and anxiety. More research finds that victims of bullying tend to have poorer health, lower incomes and quality of life as adults when compared to adults who didn't feel they were bullied as kid.

Gummy Vitamins

Gummy vitamins are growing in popularity because they taste good - even adults are loving gummy vitamins. In fact, most gummy vitamins are consumed by adults - often for the flavor but also because it's easier for people who have trouble swallowing pills.

Gummy vitamins may be more fun and easier to take, but how do they compare to standard dietary supplements?

Do gummy vitamins work? Here's what the experts say

According to this news story by Time, some experts aren't too thrilled by gummies. For example, it appears that manufacturing gummies is more difficult than making regular dietary supplements so many dummies don't have the vitamin or mineral content that's listed on the package label.


Another concern is that taking sweet dummies contributes to a sweet tooth and replicate eating candy - maybe not great if you're trying to cut back on your sugar intake.

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    About the author
    Shereen Lehman
    Shereen Lehman is a health and nutrition writer with two decades of experience counseling people on nutrition and diet. She has a master's degree in human nutrition and is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the Association of Health Care Journalists.
    Shereen writes about nutrition for the large website and she, is co-author of Superfoods for Dummies and Clinical Anatomy for Dummies.
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