The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released some more heartbreaking news about the recommended daily intake of sugar this week. Turns out that we should cap our sugar at 50 grams (12.5 teaspoons) a day, and it should make up no more than 10 percent of our daily calories. However, before we start ugly-crying over this information, it's really not that bad — okay, maybe it is but we're trying to think positively here.
While it might seem like an easy feat, that recommendation is still twice the World Health Organization's suggested limit of 25 grams per day — the FDA is just giving us baby steps, we get it. With this new recommendation, it seems easy to skip the can of soda and opt for some thirst-quenching water, but that's not enough. Dr. Frank Hu, a member of the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee and a professor of nutrition and epidemiology at Harvard, told The New York Times,
“There is a lot of hidden sugar in our food supply, and it’s not just in sweets.”¿Y ahora qué? Where we once thought evil sugar lived: junk food, sodas, etc., now it can be in virtually anything — under different names, no less! Deep breaths, deep breaths — at least the FDA proposed changes to food labels, which included adding a line on the label for the percent daily value of sugar we can consume. So as we try to take in all of this information, we've rounded up Latino sweets you might want to portion control, save for a #treatyoself day, or cut out of your life completely — yes, we went there. But in all seriousness, this change benefits us having healthier lives, which is pretty cool. So let's all look at these sweet foods and brace ourselves.
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