“Why do people have to sugar-coat everything?” my friend Barbara asked recently when we met for dinner at Chili’s. She was complaining about another bad Tinder date. “If you know something’s not working for you, just be honest!” Then, before I could answer, she ordered the Caribbean Chicken Salad.
Poor Barbara. She’d just set herself up for another coating of sugar.
And she’s not alone. Last year, the World Health Organization announced you should reduce your amount of sugar to less than 10 percent of your daily calorie intake—or about 50 grams a day—or else risk obesity, heart disease, cancer and diabetes. Capping it at 5 percent “would provide additional health benefits,” the agency reported.
How could it not? According to a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, the consumption of high fructose corn syrup among Americans has increased over 1,000 percent in a 20-year period and makes up for nearly seven percent of our daily calories. Among children, that number is even greater, with many young people getting an alarming 15 percent of their daily calories from fructose-sweetened foods and beverages. You’ll find the stuff in everything from salads to spaghetti sauce.
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