Dr Oz: Is There Sugar in That?
Most of us eat a lot of different foods in the average week, but you might be shocked to learn how much sugar you are actually getting in your regular diet. Find out Dr Oz’s recommended daily sugar intake and how to avoid getting too much unexpected sugar in your diet. Limit sugar to keep your body functioning in good health.
Dr Oz: Recommended Daily Sugar Intake
According to Dr Oz, you should not have more than six cubes of sugar per day. A cube of sugar equals about four grams, which adds up to 24 grams a day. But most of us are actually consuming about 22 cubes of sugar per day. Where is it all coming from?
Is There Sugar In That? Breakfast Cereal Bar & Berry Smoothie
You might think you are getting a healthy breakfast with a cereal bar and a mixed berry smoothie. But how many cubes of sugar are in these two combined?
For comparison purposes, Doctor Oz said that one cube is approximately one teaspoon of sugar. The shocking truth is that a cereal bar could have three cubes of sugar, which is not crazy.
But the smoothie contains a total of 12 1/2 sugar cubes, which surprised Dr Oz’s audience assistant. That brings the meal to a grand total of 15 1/2 teaspoons of sugar, which is well over the daily limit, and this is just the day’s first meal!
Dr Oz Sugar Diet: Barbecue Chicken Sandwich + Iced Tea
For lunch, Dr Oz showed off a grilled barbecue chicken sandwich on whole wheat bread, served with iced tea. The iced tea on its own came up to 12 1/2 cubes, while the sandwich came in at 4 1/2 cubes, mostly from the sauce. The total sugar in this lunch was 17 teaspoons.
Dr Oz Sugar in Dinner: Whole Wheat Pasta & Low-Fat Salad Dressing
The sample dinner was whole wheat pasta with marinara sauce and a salad with low-fat dressing. The pasta had 3 1/2 cubes, while the dressing had 1 1/2 cubes, for a total of just five teaspoons of sugar, making it the best meal of the day.
“We’re not adding it on purpose. It’s sneaking into our lives,” Dr Oz said, because all this unintended sugar can add up to weight gain and other health problems over time.
Dr Oz: How to Limit Sugar
To avoid excess sugars and limit your sugar intake, choose natural foods, and check labels to make sure you are getting less than four grams of sugar per serving if you buy packaged meals. How many teaspoons of sugar do you think you consume in an average day?