Studies show that eating too much sugar has bad effects on your health. Because of this, experts suggest that the amount of added sugar intake should be limited to a maximum of 10% of a person’s total calories in a day. Although this may seem obvious, health experts still call for further investigation before making recommendations.

Added sugar or ‘free sugar’ are sugars that are added to processed foods to sweeten and preserve them. Table sugar and sugar in honey, juice, and syrups are also examples of added sugar. Several studies have linked these sugars to conditions like obesity, cancer, high blood pressure, and other cardiovascular diseases. Because of these findings, the amount of added sugar intake has been lowered to just about 6 teaspoons a day.

To help people control their sugar intake, health experts suggest watching what they eat, avoiding sugary drinks, choosing fruits over processed desserts, avoiding fast food, and being careful about the amount of sugar consumed.