How Much Sugar do You Eat in a Day?

You might be surprised to learn how much sugar you eat in a day.

Take a look at this video to see how much you are likely to eat in a day. You might not think you eat this much, but remember that in some ways, we were conservative about our estimates: we used 12 ounce sodas instead of restaurant sizes and we didn’t include many hidden sugars such as you might find in salad dressings, peanut butter, or thousands of other foods.

Here is the table we used to make the sugar estimates:

Cereal 4 teaspoons
Toast 3 teaspoons
Jam 3 teaspoons
Coffee 1 teaspoon
Orange Juice 5 teaspoons


16 teaspoons or 1/8 pound
Doughnut 8 teaspoons
Coffee 4 teaspoons


12 teaspoons


28 teaspoons or 1/4 pound
Hamburger 3 teaspoons
Soda 8 teaspoons
Ketchup 1 teaspoons


12 teaspoons


40 teaspoons or 1/3 pound
Granola or Protein Bar 5 teaspoons


5 teaspoons


45 teaspoons or ¼ pound
Bread 3 teaspoons
Soda 8 teaspoons


11 teaspoons


56 teaspoons over ½ pound
About the Author

I'm Dr. Scott Olson ND. I'm a Naturopathic doctor who specializes in diet, health, nutrition, and alternative medicine. I've written numerous books and articles on health, medicine, and alternative medicine I want to help you get healthy! Take a look at my blog and make sure you join in the conversation!

5 Comments on this article. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. bruce September 28, 2010 at 6:38 am - Reply

    i’m surprise to see coffee has a sugar impact…..on the 30 day sugar free, what do you recommend as a replacement? Is green tea ok?

    • Dr. Scott September 30, 2010 at 7:00 am - Reply


      Yes, green tea is okay. Anything with caffeine can increase sugar cravings, so just pay attention to see if this happens to you.

  2. L.K. August 22, 2010 at 10:50 am - Reply

    I am glad you are exposing this problem. What you might also wish to note is that in your example, if you were to remove the sodas and the doughnut, most experts would say you have a healthy diet. Yet, you would still have over 40 teaspoons of sugar each day. In other words, the advice we are getting to reduce sugar intake still leaves us eating way too much. I really believe that the only answer is for health professionals to tell us that SUGAR is unhealthy, which would have far better results than what they are telling now, that TOO MUCH sugar is unhealthy. If you agree, I will buy your book.

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