AHA recommends cutting sugar intake

August 24, 2009 The American Heart Association found that the average person consumes 22 teaspoons of sugar a day. That's well above the six teaspoons recommended for women and the nine for men.

Most of the added sugars in our diets come from soft drinks, followed by candy, cakes, cookies and pies.

The guidelines do not apply to naturally occurring sugars such as those found in fruits, vegetables or dairy products.

The American Heart Association did not recommend guidelines for sugar intake for children.

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