How much sugar do you eat in a day?

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So it has been almost a full week that I’ve been writing down what I’ve been eating. At first, I was just writing everything down with a pen and paper. A reader on Facebook suggested I give MyFitnessPal another. It is, after all, my choice of app trackers. They added a new bar code scanner feature that did not exist previously. Since I pride myself on eating “real foods” I thought my foods did not have bar codes and it wouldn’t be helpful. Oh boy, did I think wrong.

Seriously, this bar code has everything in its database! From grape tomatoes and bags of lettuce at Trader Joe’s to frozen salmon filets from Target, AND Vega Sport Protein Powder, keeping track of calories and nutrients has never been easier! I may never go back and be borderline obsessed. Thank you to reader, Hayden C!

One thing that I have noticed is that while I’m good on my carb to protein to fat ratio – I’m aiming for 1400 calories (120 g of protein, 150 carb, 35 fat) – I keep consuming more than what MyFitnessPal thinks should be my sugar limit, however I have not been eating any added sugar mind you. For the past week, the sugar in my diet has come from fruits and veggies. The app suggests having between 24 and 33 g of sugar per day, it changes depending on the day which is weird. The suggestion falls within the AHA guideline of 150 calories of added sugar per day or 37.5 g. I’m averaging about 46 g per day. The app does not differ between added and naturally occurring sugar. I would probably be having more if I didn’t feel like I was cheating but it does make me wonder if all the sugar, regardless of source, is what gives me my “sweet tooth.” Regardless, I’ve NEVER tracked my sugar intake that came from natural sources. It’s interesting.

How many people do you know say they have no sweet tooth? My friends who do not have a sweet tooth are naturally skinny. They eat bagels, pasta and burgers without gaining a pound. They do however often have a little belly fat they ask me how to get rid of. I think having a sweet tooth is a reflection of your current diet and it’s possible to reverse your preference however, I LOVE my desserts. Moderation is key, and it’s a good thing banana soft serve is just as satisfying to me with walnuts, coconut and raisins as a bowl of ice cream.

Have you developed a sweet tooth recently or lost one?

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