STL Moms- Reducing sugar consumption in your diet

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ST. LOUIS, MO. (KTVI)- How much sugar are you consuming on a daily basis? Many are not aware of how far over the daily recommended amount they are going.

Jen McDaniel with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics spoke with us this morning to outline tips on how we can reduce our daily sugar intake.

Less than ten percent of the calories an adult needs should come from sugar; this comes out to about 12.5 tsp. of sugar per day. Instead, the average American adults takes in closer to 19-20 tsp. a day. For children that number is even higher.

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About ½ of added sugars in US diets are come from sugar sweetened beverages, which include soft drinks, fruit drinks, sweetened coffee and tea, energy drinks, sports drinks, and flavored waters.

Here we have a comparison of how many tsp. are in 12 oz. pours of sugar containing drinks.
12 oz. regular soda 40 grams 10 tsp
12 oz. energy drink 40 grams 10 tsp
12 oz. sweet tea 21 grams 5 tsp
12 oz. sports drink 21 grams 5 tsp