The amount of sugar that most nutritionists recommend for adults is in the 25-35 grams per day window. But according to numerous studies, the average American consumes about 82 grams of sugar in just one day. That's way over the recommended daily sugar intake. Access sugar is linked to obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. So why are so many individuals having way more sugar than the recommended amount? One of the reasons is that many foods contain "hidden" sugars. More specifically, breakfast foods are notorious for having access sugar and individuals may even deem them as "healthy". For example, many individuals may have yogurt in the morning that is low-fat so they assume that it's a "healthy" breakfast. But if you look at the nutrition label on that same container of yogurt then you may see that there's up to 20 grams of sugar. If you add 12 fl. oz. (an average serving) of Orange Juice with that yogurt then you're consuming over 50 grams of sugar. Always be on the lookout when it comes to these hidden sugars in breakfast foods.
Here are some common "healthy" breakfast foods that are sneaky with sugar:
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7. Specialty Coffee Drinks