There are about 28.6 grams of carbohydrate in 1 ounce of sugar. That is 4 grams of carbohydrate per teaspoon of sugar, and there are about 10 teaspoons of sugar in a regular can of soda. For the 6 foot tall, 40 year-old, 175 pound male who is happy being at 175 pounds his daily carbohydrate requirement is roughly 299-350 grams of carbs in a day.Â One can of regular soda is about one-eighth of his whole daily intake of carbs.Â Two cans of soda and a candy bar is approaching a third of the daily amount of carbohydrate intake needed to maintain his weight, and it is all in the form of simple sugars! Many Americans finish off two cans of soda and a candy bar before lunch. And if it isn’t soda and candy bars, it is muffins, pancakes, doughnuts, milkshakes, sweet tea, pastries, pies, cakes and the list goes on.
Many people think it is very healthy to eat a yogurt for breakfast, but a single yogurt can contain 30-40 grams of carbohydrates, most of which are in sugar form.Â Keep in mind that not all carbs are created equal.Â The amount of fiber versus the amount of straight-up sugar is important.Â So that single yogurt counts for a big percentage of the maximum amount of carbs you should get in a day!
Our bodies need carbohydrate for energy, but we don’t need all the sugar that comes along with the Standard American Diet.Â You need at least 100 grams of carbohydrate a day to meet the needs of your brain and other body tissues that do not easily use other fuels.Â Experts recommend that we get about 45-60 percent of our calories from carbohydrates.
Healthy forms of carbohydrate include fruits and vegetables and whole grains.Â These foods also include some sugar.Â Getting sugars from these forms is alright because those foods provide additional nutritional value.Â Foods high in carbohydrate and sugar, such as sodas and candy bars are not because they do not provide any nutritional value or minimal at best maybe if the candy bar contains nuts.
Today, ask yourself, what kinds of carbohydrate doÂ I eat?Â Is there something I you could cut out?Â Is there something I should cut out?Â Is there something I could replace with an orange or an apple or a even a banana?