Finally, a major nutrition group has stepped forward and set limits on how much sugar Americans should eat. The American Heart Association (AHA) states that Americans average more than 22 teaspoons of sugar daily (335 calories from a substance that supplies no other nutritional benefits). Between 1970 and 2005, sugar intake has increased 19% for an additional 76 calories per day for every man, woman, and child. Sweetened beverages – i.e., soft drinks, bottled energy and coffee drinks, and sports drinks – are the primary source of these sugars. Those added calories add to the nation’s growing problems with obesity (overnutrition) and poor dietary habits (undernutrition). As a result, the AHA recommends that a “prudent upper limit of intake” for added sugar be set at 100 calories, which is 6 teaspoons or 25 grams, for women and no more than 150 calories, which is 9 teaspoons or 37 grams for men.  What is even better is that this limit is in line with my recommendations for sugar intake in my latest book – Eat Your Way to Happiness. I suggest people consume no more than 6% of calories as added sugars.  Bet you’re eating more sugar than you think, too!