So, this past weekend I watched an incredible documentary called That Sugar Film.  It was about an Australian man who had been eating a healthy clean diet who then decides to see what the effects of eating 40 teaspoons of sugar a day for 60 days would do to his body.  He worked with a staff of different people, blood doctors, a nutritionist, a brain doctor, to name a few.  They tested the results throughout the course of the experiment.  The one requirement that he had was to obtain sugar through products deemed healthy at the supermarket; i.e. yogurt, smoothies, cereal, dressings, condiments, etc.  His findings prior were that the average Australian person was consuming 40 teaspoons a day without even realizing it.  IT is a wonderful film!  He gained weight around the abdomen, had mood swings, trouble with sleep and concentration, his liver, blood and heart were affected in just 60 days!!!!  Sugar consumption has also been linked to rheumatoid arthritis, high blood pressure and high triglyceride levels.
The average American, according the national cancer institute is consuming 22 teaspoons a day of added sugar, far exceeding the max of 6 teaspoons for a woman and 9 for a man according to the American Heart Association.  These are maximum recommendations as eating little to no sugar is better for your health.
To minimize your sugar intake start reading labels!!  4 grams of sugar is equivalent to approximately 1 teaspoon.   I would minimize the products that list sugar as one of the main ingredients.  Also, you need to know that dextrose, glucose, sucrose, fruit juice concentrate, malt syrup, maltose, molasses, beet sugar, high fructose corn syrup and evaporated cane juice ALL MEAN SUGAR.  Sugar is a flavor enhancer and tends to be imbedded in flavored yogurts (dairy typically contains at least 5 grams of natural sugar), flavored oatmeal, frozen waffles, canned goods and many cereals and, even if deemed healthy, contain tons of added sugar.  It is also prevalent in drinks such as juice, sports drinks, alcoholic beverages and coffee drinks.  Sugars are also seen in condiments such as prepared salad dressings, barbecue sauce, ketchup, jams and jellies.
START BEING A DETECTIVE, READ THE LABELS AND CUT DOWN ON THE AMOUNT OF SUGAR YOU ARE CONSUMING IF YOU WANT TO DO SOMETHING GOOD FOR YOUR HEALTH AND YOUR WAIST!!!!!