Adults, depending on their energy needs (e.g. 2,000 kcal or 3,000 kcal), would be wise to eat a maximum of 50-75 grams per day, i.e. approximately 10-15 teaspoons of added sugar according to recommendations. The recommended amounts for children are even lower.
Some added sugars can be obtained from the five main food pyramid groups, but the largest part is usually supplied by the “Sugar, sweet and savoury snacks” group at the top of the food pyramid.
Therefore, separate recommendations are given for the consumption of products in this group, which take into account the fact that added sugar can be obtained in other food groups.
From this food group, an adult should eat a total of no more than four meals a day and a child should eat no more than two meals a day.
Sweets should include honey and sugar added during cooking (for example, porridges and desserts) and drinks (for example, tea or coffee). The amount of sugar contained in sweetened yogurts and curd products, which can be up to one serving per 100 grams of product, should also be taken into account.
To avoid excessive consumption of sugar, it is necessary first to limit the consumption of products located at the top of the food pyramid.
Why should consumption of added sugar be limited?
If you consume too much added sugar and foods containing it for a long time, you will not be able to eat a varied, balanced diet and get all the necessary nutrients.