Okay, thanks to Donna's link, I was able to determine how much sugar I should have every day. Or rather, how much I can have without going over.
So the USDA recommends that you have no more than 8% of your daily calories be from sugar. So I figure I'm on a 1200 calorie per day diet because I can have 24 points a day and each point is about 50 calories.
Okay, so that would be 96 calories a day from sugar. And one teaspoon of sugar is 16 calories. So that would be 6 teaspoons of calories from sugar a day.
Most foods measure their sugar by grams so I need to find out how many grams are in 6 teaspoons.
6 tsp = 1 oz
1 oz = 28 grams
So, that would be 28 grams of sugar a day for a 1200 calorie per day diet. Right? (Please someone check my math!!!)
Now, I figure I'm on a diet, so my sugar intake would probably need to be less than this. But as long as I don't go over, I should be okay, right?
Boy, I wish a dietitian or doctor was reading this blog so they could weigh in on my theory.
Check this out. Coca-Cola's website says that their 12oz can of Coke Classic contains 30 grams of sugar. They say that it's the same amount of sugar that's in a glass of orange juice. That should be false advertising, you think? I think the sugar in Coke is not quite the same as the sugar from natural oranges.