Twenty-Four Teaspoons of Added Sugar Every Day

In its review of food trends and research, the 2010 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee found that the biggest contributors to the increase in calories in our diet come from SoFAS (Solid Fats and Added Sugars).

Solid fats are unhealthy fats such as saturated fat and transfat. Added sugars come from an ever-expanding variety of sources such as high fructose corn syrup and sucrose. These ingredients add calories to food but offer minimal nutritional value.

Calories from SoFAS should be limited to between 5 and 15 percent of total caloric intake. Today, however, the average American gets 35 percent or more of their calories from SoFAS. The typical woman 40 years of age is consuming 758 calories a day in SoFAS, coming from 3.5 tablespoons of solid fat and 24 teaspoons of added sugars per day!

The top five contributors to added sugars in our food supply are:
1. Sugar-sweetened soda
2. Grain-based desserts and snacks
3. Fruit drinks
4. Dairy-based desserts
5. Candy

The top five contributors to unhealthy solid fats are:
1. Grain-based desserts and snacks
2. Regular cheese
3. Sausage, franks, bacon, and ribs
4. Pizza
5. Fried potatoes (French fries and hash browns)

To develop an overall healthier diet, minimize your consumption of the top five sources of SoFAS. The StrongWomen nutrition philosophy and guidelines provide tips for reducing your SoFAS intake and ways to build a foundation for a healthy diet on real foods.