The World Health Organization recommends adults only consume six teaspoons of sugar a day. But the average person eats a whopping 22 teaspoons, mostly due to the hidden sugar lurking in many processed and convenience foods.
It may be difficult to believe, but we can easily eat our daily allotment of sugar before leaving the house in the morning — or even before consuming any solid food.
Do you know how much sugar is in your favorite drinks?
Despite having the words “water” and “vitamin” in the name, a Vitamin Water actually packs eight teaspoons of sugar. You may think you’re being healthy by drinking it, but just one bottle puts you over your recommended sugar limit for the day.
Orange juice — a breakfast table staple — is also very heavy on sugar. A 14-ounce carton contains 10 teaspoons. Skip the juice and eat the actual fruit instead.
A Green Machine Naked juice is even worse. Don’t be fooled by its healthy-looking color; one bottle has 13 teaspoons of sugar.
And if you absolutely must go to Starbucks, order a plain old coffee instead of a fancy drink. A Venti Signature Hot Chocolate has 15 teaspoons of sugar, while a Venti Signature White Chocolate Mocha with whipped cream contains 18 teaspoons.
Needless to say, it’s far healthier to drink water with every meal and get our sugars from natural sources, like fresh fruit.