Sugar is everywhere, and it's sneaky. There's sugar in your favorite drinks, yogurt, and even granola. Sugar intake has become such a big problem that, for the first time ever, the updated U.S. dietary guidelines include a cap on how much added sugar we should consume every day. And keeping it below that line (and preventing all kinds of major health problems, including heart disease and diabetes) can be a challenge.
The goal? No more than 12 teaspoons (or about 50 grams) of added sugars per day. Note that this is about added or "free" sugars, not naturally occurring sugars in fruit and vegetables, which groups like the World Health Organization (WHO) say are less of a health issue. But how are we supposed to tell the difference between added and natural sugars? Luckily, newly designed nutrition labels will be a huge help: Added sugars will be separated from the total sugar count, so it will be much easier to spot foods packed with the sweet stuff.
To give you a better idea of what 50 grams of total sugar in a day look like, we pulled together a full-on feast that is 100-percent nom-worthy.