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What is a sensible amount of sugar in a “per serving”?

Q. I read the nutritional labels on the “per serving” amounts. But where does the sugar come in.? The label only mentions the number of grams. What is a sensible amount of sugar in a “per serving”?


A. The sugar value on food labels is used to show you how much total sugar you are eating per serving. This amount is always listed in grams. The American Heart Association recommends no more than 24 grams of added sugar a day (6 teaspoons) for women and no more than 36 grams (9 teaspoons) for men. Dietary sugars should come from natural sources found in fruits and vegetables because they are accompanied by fiber, vitamins, and minerals.

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