How much sugar are you REALLY eating? Startling pictures!

My clients are often surprised to find out how much sugar they’re consuming throughout the day. Sitting down and looking at the added grams, teaspoons and different names for sugar listed on ingredient labels can be shocking. 

Understanding the full impact of added sugars on your body is necessary to changing and improving your body and energy. Because sugary foods often crowd-out nutritious foods, diets high in sugar contribute to osteoporosis, cancer, weight-gain, and heart disease. 

The USDA advises people who eat a 2,000-calorie healthful diet to try to limit themselves to about 10 teaspoons of added sugars per day. If you’ve ever seen Super Size Me, you know the average American does not eat a healthful diet, but consumes at least 20 teaspoons of added sugars per day.

To help illustrate this information, I found these pictures floating around the internet – I don’t know who to credit for them, but the person responsible deserves the Nobel prize for Reality! 



  1. Gretchen says:

    Alex -
    I LOVE this. Even when I think I’m being really good, I know I’m consuming all kinds of hidden sugars (thanks to your book, which I finally read over this summer break – fabulous!). When I actually see how much sugar is in the good stuff (e.g., the apples), it makes me think how much damage I must be doing on a bad day!

    Thanks for the continual inspiration!

  2. kate says:

    Puts my fruit munching in perspective!

  3. Sheila Martin says:

    Hey There,

    The website for these is “” I believe.

    I’m a Registered Holistic Nutritionist in Canada (Burlington Ontario to be exact) and I love using this website when doing seminars/lectures with teens.

    Sheila Martin BA RHN NNCP
    Registered Holistic Nutritionist/
    Natural Nutritional Coach and Practitioner
    Green Goddess Holistic Nutrition

  4. Marcy says:

    Jamba Juice ? Seriously ???

    Hold up lol…I just LOVE this place and always feel soooooo good (not hyper and jacked up, just physically good. Healthy) after having my favorite pomegranete pick me up with frozen yogurt instead of the sherbet.

    I’ve even asked and the guy at the counter told me they don’t add sugar at all. Alex, are you saying that Jamba Juice is bad ? I always thought natural sugar was A-Okay.

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