...Consumption of sugar not naturally present in honey, syrups and fruit juices should be below 10 percent of calories, the experts said.
In the United States, where obesity is steadily increasing, the Dietary Guidelines for Americans advise that sugar should be used in moderation, while the Institute of Medicine, part of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, proposed that sugar could make up to 25 percent of calories.
Additionally, experts called for one hour of daily exercise--twice the amount recommended by the U.S. government.
DR. MERCOLA'S COMMENT:
I just love that the U.S. National Soft Drink Association is seeking to convince the government and public that we should not limit our sugar intake to below 10 percent. This is similar to the tobacco industry seeking to convince us that it is OK for 10 percent of the country to smoke even though 25 percent of it does.
The answer for both scenarios is clear. Ideally, consumption would be close to zero for both disease producing, health-robbing influences.
If you are going to eat sugar, the absolute worst time to have it is while you are sick. If you are doing well emotionally, sleeping well and have no acute or chronic health problems, then consuming small amounts of sugar is not likely to cause a major problem.
You can further reduce the negative influences of sugar by consuming it immediately after an intensive cardiovascular workout like running or aerobics. The sugar will tend to be used very quickly and not be as likely to cause insulin disruptions.