Is sugar sabotaging your health?

This sugar stat caught me by surprise… and I thought I already knew a LOT about sugar.  👉 Eating just 100 calories a day of sugar (which is about 25 grams of added sugars, or 6 teaspoons) is linked to 45 DIFFERENT negative health outcomes.

Here’s a quick rundown of how much (or how little!) sugar that is:

  • 1 can (12 fl oz) of regular soda
  • 1 cup (250 ml) of chocolate milk
  • 1 cup (245 g) of sweetened yogurt
  • 2 Tbsp of honey
  • 2 Tbsp of maple syrup
  • 2 Tbsp of regular ketchup
  • 1 small glazed doughnut
  • 2 small cookies
  • 1 small candy bar

And just for clarification — that’s not all of those things combined. Each one of those items contains about 25 grams of added sugars.

And here are some of the negative health outcomes linked with a high sugar intake:

  • Heart disease
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Asthma
  • Depression
  • Some types of cancer (including breast, prostate, & pancreatic)
  • Gout
  • High blood pressure
  • Stroke
  • Obesity
  • Liver disease
  • High cholesterol
  • Tooth decay
  • Death

In a study published in the BMJ earlier this year, researchers recommended eating less than 25 grams of sugar a day AND keeping sugary beverage intake to less than 1 a week (about 200-355 ml or ⅔ – 1½ cups).

So what should you do about this? 

It’s true: Quitting sugar cold turkey can be tough. Also, swearing off ANY food is unsustainable for most of us.

We recommend a moderate approach. 

If sugar is a concern to you, make sure you mention this to your healthcare provider, and in the meantime, be mindful of your sugar intake and reserve sweet treats for special occasions.

Rob Quimby, CPT

Owner, Fitness Lifestyle LLC



Rob is the owner and founder of Fitness Lifestyle Personal Training. He has been training for over thirty-three years; seventeen of those years as a personal trainer helping others reach their goals.