The World Heath Organization (W.H.O.) has released a guideline that describes the suggested daily intake of "free sugars." In other words the sugars that are added to processed foods like high-fructose corn syrup as well as natural sugars that are refined like maple syrup.
Even orange juice contains added sugar because it’s very concentrated,” says WHO adviser Chessa Lutter. Ideally, free sugars should make up a mere 5 percent of one’s daily calories. For a fairly active 10-year-old, that’s about 23 grams per day, or 5.8 teaspoons. And that translates to a paltry haul of candy.
That said, here are some more tangible ways to calculate how much candy equals 5.8 teaspoons or 23 grams of sugar per day.
2.3 fun-size Butterfingers
15.7 candy corns
5 mini Reese's Peanut Butter Cups
14.3 Sour Patch Kids
But if you're not a 10 year old jumping off the wall all day and unable to burn those calories as quickly, check out the interactive calculator on Popular Science to figure out how much sugar you really should be eating.