You will be hard-pressed to find a person who doesn’t love the taste of a sugary-sweet treat once in a while. Researchers have reported that adults are eating even more sweets since the COVID-19 pandemic started. But unfortunately, eating too much sugar has its downsides. From increasing your risk of developing heart disease to contributing to weight gain, loading up on the sweet stuff is not good for your overall health.
The most recent Dietary Guidelines for Americans, put forth by the Department of Agriculture and Department of Health and Human Services, recommends that adults consume no more than 10% of their calories from added sugars.2 For a person who eats a 2,000 calorie diet, this would be equivalent to 50 grams of added sugars. Yet, according to the American Heart Association, the average daily intake of added sugar is 77 grams per day—much more than what is recommended.
Excerpted from Very Well Health