The World Health Organization just released a new recommendation that sugars should make up less than 10% of total energy intake per day. It actually already recommends that, but this time, it further suggests that lowering sugar intake to below 5% would — obviously — be even better. Five percent of total energy intake is equivalent to about 25 grams (around 6 teaspoons) of sugar per day.
(The guidelines apply to all monosaccharides — such as glucose and fructose — and disaccharides, such as sucrose and table sugar, that are added to food by the manufacturer, the cook or the consumer, as well as sugars that are naturally present in honey, syrups, fruit juices and fruit concentrates.)
Your best bet to lower sugar intake is, of course, loading up on vegetables. But like most foods, some veggies are lower in sugar than others. Knowing which contain the most and least will help keep your salads as low in sugar as possible.
Here’s the ranking (of sugar and total carbs) from most to least, according to CalorieKing.com.
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