Fast Facts on Sugar and Salt

Sugar and Salt in Hiding

As a dietary enemy, sugar is cleverly camouflaged because it is dissolved in liquid. A 20-ounce bottle of sugary soft-drink contains 17 teaspoons of sugar. In August, the American Heart Association recommended that women consume no more than six teaspoons of added sugar a day, and men no more than 9 teaspoons.


The Salt Pie

77 percent of the average person’s sodium intake comes from processed or restaurant foods.


Interpreting the Label


 The highlighted areas illustrate the serving size, sodium content, and amount of sugar. The  number in the % Daily Value column is based on a 2000-calorie diet. Consumers often overlook the fact that one package may contain multiple servings.