03/31/2015 12:16 pm ET Updated Mar 31, 2015

You're Eating Way More Sugar Than You Think

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According to the American Heart Association, women should have no more than 6 teaspoons (25 g) of sugar per day, and men 9 teaspoons (37.5g). But, the average American is consuming closer to 20 teaspoons per day without even realizing it. Why? Well, basically we’re being duped. Laurie David, the executive producer of the documentary Fed Up, explained to us, “Manufacturers try to trick you by measuring [sugar] in grams, which no one has any clue what that means. Here is the simple equation to memorize: 4 grams equals 1 teaspoon. Learn that and you will be shocked by the amount of sugar in a lot of seemingly harmless products.”

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