Added Sugars

Many Americans eat foods that contain added sugars, but too much of anything is not good. The foods/drinks that have the most sugars added during processing are cakes, cookies, pastries, donuts, soda, sport drinks, fruit drinks and ice cream. These extra calories can lead to weight gain and obesity.

Limit your intake of added sugars. The American Heart Association has suggested no more than 6 teaspoons or 100 calories a day for women and 9 teaspoons or 150 calories a day for men. Don't know how much sugar is in foods you eat? Look in the USDA National Nutrient Database.

Read the label carefully to choose foods with less sugar or carbohydrates. Remember to look at the total amount of sugar, because labels do not list natural and added sugars separately.

Here are some ways to eat less added sugars:

  • Eat more whole foods - less processed
  • Prepare meals at home
  • Limit your intake of baked desserts, candy, soda, sport drinks and fruit drinks

The current WIC food package provides foods that have little or no added sugar. For more information on the WIC food package go to WIC Food Packages.

For more information: