If you've been reading R29 Wellness with any degree of regularity over the last few months, you know we have a difficult, fraught, tortured relationship with sugar — it's like the worst boyfriend you can imagine. We know that sugar is bad for us; we've heard all the stories. But, it's still a daily struggle to stay away from the sweet stuff. And, the many discordant opinions on just how much sugar is okay makes the issue all the more confusing.
This week, the World Health Organization released new recommendations for sugar intake for adults and children. Under the current guidelines, which were outlined in 2002, the organization suggests that sugar be limited to 10% of a person's daily calorie intake. However, the new proposal cuts that number down to 5%, which adds up to just 23 grams of sugar per day. While that might seem like a generous portion, it bears mentioning that many of the foods we eat on a daily basis contain added sugar, making it much easier than you think to rack up 23 grams in a whole day.