This infographic entitled "Sugar Gram - A Handy Dandy Guide to Candy (and other Sugary Foods)" illustrates how much sugar is contained in certain foods like popular snacks, various drinks and some fruits.
Let's face it, Americans are addicted to sugar and that is one of the reasons why we are so fat and unhealthy. The average American consumes 22.2 teaspoons of sugar a day. That is nearly 89 grams (3.14 ounces) and four times the recommended amount for women (20 grams), two times the recommended amount for men (36 grams) and eight times the recommended amount for children (12 grams).
Unfortunately, sugar is in just about everything we eat. Sometimes it is obvious, like in a can of soda, a sugary cookie or candy. Other times, it is not quite so obvious, like in milk or carrots.
People who are trying to lose weight (including that dangerous belly fat) are told to avoid sugar. And, this is good advise for everyone, not just for those concerned about weight loss. But it is important to distinguish between the naturally occurring sugar found in healthy foods like fruits, vegetables, beans and other plants and the unhealthy sugar that is added to various foods, like breakfast cereals, white bread, snacks, junk and processed food.
A person who eats a balanced, whole food, plant-based diet and avoids processed, junk and fast food, rarely needs to worry about his or her intake of naturally occurring sugar found in wholesome foods like fruit.