Have you ever noticed that on the recommended nutritional label that Sugar does not have a percent next to it?
Label from a can of Coca Cola
The answer is actually quite simple. It’s because added sugars offer zero nutritional value and the recommended value is so low that many products would exceed this limit in just one serving. Imagine what this would do to soda companies when people would turn over their bottle to see the label read over 100 percent of their recommended daily value.
The American Heart Association (AHA) recommends limiting added sugar intake to 6 teaspoons for women, and 9 teaspoons for men (1). When looking at grams this would be 30 grams for women and 45 for men.
Recommended sugar limit by the AHA
This means that in just one serving of Coca Cola soda that women have already reached their entire sugar limit for the day. This number gets even more staggering when looking at more sugary drinks like Mountain Dew. A 20oz bottle of Mountain Dew soda has 77 grams of sugar, which is 15.4 teaspoons (2). That’s 250% of how much is recommended for women, and 170% of how much is recommended for women.