Too Much Candy? by john cheng

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

mini Reese's Peanut Butter Cups

14.3 Sour Patch Kids

39 M&M's

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.

Sugar In Our Diets by john cheng

Are you going to the grocery store after work later? You may want to take a minute to watch this great TED-Ed Animation explaining how sugar is hiding in much of the products we buy that make up our diets and how it affects our bodies. How much hidden sugar are you eating?

View full lesson: While sugar is easy to spot in candy, soft drinks and ice cream, it also hides out in foods you might not expect -- including peanut butter, pasta sauce and even bologna! Robert Lustig decodes confusing labels and sugar's many aliases to help determine just how much of that sweet carbohydrate makes its way into our diets.