How Many Grams of Incidental Sugar Per Day?

Answered on November 03, 2013
Created November 02, 2013 at 1:16 AM

I was wondering how many grams of sugar per day is a good goal to shoot for? I am not talking about the sugar you find in things like various paleo sweets, honey, agave, fruits, etc., but the sugar that you run up against in slightly less than ideal foods like some beef jerky, greek yogurt, sausages, condiments, packaged meats and the like. I am not too concerned with weight loss but don't want to gain weight either or be consuming a detrimental amount. It is just difficult to as much as I need to and avoid 5 grams here or 10 grams there and I was hoping to have some point of reference.

I'm not sure if it is relevant, but I am 29, 6'0, 175 pounds and very active 5-6 time per week. Thanks!

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on November 03, 2013
at 04:21 AM

Your best control is using nothing that is pre cooked or processed. If you have the time and energy for it of course. Homemade jerky is pretty easy to make and you leave out the sugar. I get a very small amount of sugar since I stopped eating almost all processed stuff. Prepared horseradish in my food has minute amount of added sugar, beyond that a once a week sausage might have some as well or a bit of mustard.



on November 03, 2013
at 02:00 AM

I have done a lot to improve my diet and the diet of those around me, but I will still get sugar in my espresso. Most days it is decaf, but it will have a couple grams of sugar. Then there is the nut bar on which I spread my grass fed butter in the morning. It is held together by a few other grams of sugar. This one is usually eaten with a banana and an apple or kiwi, so these sugars are eaten with fibers. What I am saying is that a few grams are background noise. You can change your intake by that much by eating an apple instead of blueberries.

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