The USDA recommends that people consume no more than 10 teaspoons of added sugar (160 calories) per day in a 2,000 calorie per day diet. Since it can be tricky to determine just how much added sugar you are consuming, keep the following in mind the next time you go food shopping. Be aware that sugar goes by many names, including syrup, corn sweetener, molasses and anything that ends with “ose” such as maltose, sucrose and fructose.
Ingredients in packaged foods are shown in descending order by weight; the higher up a form of sugar is listed, the more the product contains.
You can also check a product’s nutritional facts panel to figure out the number of grams of sugar per serving. Since each gram of sugar contains 4 calories, multiplying the number of grams by 4 will give you the number of calories from sugar in the item.