The bitter truth about added sugar

Extra sugar can cause big health problems. Here's how you can reduce your intake.

Published: March, 2020

There's a good chance you eat way too much sugar every day — and don't even know it.

American adults consume an average of 77 grams (almost 20 teaspoons) of sugar per day, which adds up to around 60 pounds of added sugar per year, according to the American Heart Association (AHA).

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