The American Heart Association has set guidelines for adults regarding the sweet stuff to keep us in check.
37.5 grams (9 teaspoons) daily for men, and 25 grams (6 teaspoons) daily for women.
Totally reasonable-seeming, except... when you take into account some of the foods college students (or Americans) eat on the reg.
A 12-oz Coke has 39 grams of sugar.
A Red Bull has 27 grams of sugar.
A grande Starbucks mocha has 35 grams of sugar
8oz of Westsoy Soy Milk (Vanilla) has 8 grams of sugar.
A Banana Nut Bread Clif Bar has 21 grams of sugar.
6 oz of Strawberry YoPlait has 27 grams of sugar
8 baby carrots have 4 grams of sugar
A cup of apple slices has 11 grams of sugar.
Ever woken up, had some yogurt and a freezer waffle with syrup or maybe a PopTart (20-30 grams of sugar!), gone to a restaurant, ordered a full sugar soda, gotten 2 or 3 refills (100 grams sugar!) , gone home, chowed down on a cookie or a handfull of candy (20 grams), snacked on something like a granola bar (21 grams), had a bowl of soup and toast (8 grams sugar) and treated yourself to a brownie (21 grams)?
It doesn't sound like an awful day. Every treat is balanced with a healthy meal. But with almost 200 grams of sugar, it's a recipe for chronic disease.