If you regularly have a hankering for the sweet stuff, you’re not alone. Consumers are more likely to develop an addiction to sugar as more and more of our groceries are loaded with it. The foods taste better and keep us coming back for more.
Sadly, it’s incredibly effective. The average American consumes about 20 teaspoons, or 80 grams, of sugar a day, but women are advised to limit their added sugar intake to 6 teaspoons or 24 grams a day, and men, to limit to 9 teaspoons or 36 grams. That average could rise easily, especially given an increasing body of evidence that tells us sugar is potentially as addictive as some street drugs, with similar effects on the brain.
So whether you’re tracking every nutritional label at the grocery store or waking up craving that first donut of the day, see where you land on our sugar addiction scale.
If you’re looking to limit your sugar intake, you’ll find the help you need in Healthline’s “Guide to Breaking Up with Sugar.”