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Squeeze out excess sugar

We’re taking in way too much added sugar and, according to the American Heart Association (AHA), we need to cut back. The AHA’s new guidelines say that most women should consume no more than 100 calories (about 6 teaspoons) of sugar a day, and most men should consume no more than 150 calories (about 9 teaspoons). The average person takes in about 22 teaspoons, or 355 calories, of sugar a day, mostly from soft drinks and other sugar-sweetened drinks (just one can of soda has some 130 calories and 8 teaspoons of sugar). High intake of sugar seems to be related to the nationwide rise in obesity, which is linked to an increase in high blood pressure, high triglyceride levels and other risk factors for heart disease and stroke. An easy way to reduce your sugar intake? Swap out those sweetened beverages for water with a twist of lemon or lime.